Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Prayers for a Little Friend I Hope to Meet Someday . . .

Today was going to be nothing more than a normal Wednesday.  I got up, read the paper, spent a few quality moments with Zoe, and got ready to head for the YMCA to work out before going to work.  Late this afternoon, my friend Tom and I will play golf one last time before putting the clubs away for the winter.  But just before I left for the Y, I picked up my cell phone and opened the Facebook app – and the first thing I read stopped me cold.


This is little Abby Neff – she was born last Wednesday in Houston.  Abby’s grandma is my childhood enemy and adulthood friend Becki (longtime readers of this blog may understand – if you don’t, read this post from nearly three years ago).  For the first day and a half, there was nothing but elation over the arrival of her second granddaughter.  Then a nursery nurse suspected heart problems – which saved Abby’s life.  It turns out that she has a rare condition called Heterotaxy Syndrome – I just read an article about it and it usually involves heart defects and missing or misplaced organs.  In Abby’s case, she has major heart defects and no spleen.

Abby had open-heart surgery yesterday – the first of many surgeries in the years ahead.  So far, she is “hanging tough” (her grandma’s words).  The family has asked for prayers for this little fighter – and I know of a perfect bunch of people to share that request with.  Thanks!


  1. I am praying for this little doll. These little ones can be so strong. As a side comment, so pleased the nursery nurse was so quick to see this. Do any of us really appreciate these heros? (Spoken as the mother, mother-in-law and grandmother of nurses.) Please keep us up to date on her progress.

  2. My hubby and I will most assuredly add her to our prayers. She looks like a little sweetie!

  3. I am praying for sweet Abby & her family.

  4. you've got it. my heart goes out to her.