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Related: Editorials & Other Articles, Issue Forums, Alliance Forums, Region Forums# This is off the political footpath but if you could spare a prayer

My nearly, brand new grand daughter is undergoing heart surgery tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. The procedure is to repair a congenital heart defect, basically two holes in her heart.

I announced her entrance into the world back at the end of May, a 2-pound preemie who has been through crisis after crisis, stunning her physicians and giving her parents mega anxiety. Not to mention her Nan (that would be me).

Cassandra came into the world a little over 2 pounds. She now weighs in a 6 pounds, 5 ounces. Still tiny but fierce.

The heart surgery is the big challenge. Once she scrambles over this hurdle, her doctors will begin therapies to strengthen her lung capacity and then she gets to go home. Which means my son and his wife can return to a semi-normal life and routine.

So, any prayers you have sitting around looking for a destination? I'd ask you to whisper them in the direction of the Nemours Pediatric hospital in Wilmington, DE., under the name of Baby Cassandra, referred to on her floor as the Miracle Baby.

Thanks in advance!

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#### leftieNanner

(14,948 posts)To Baby Cassandra.

#### Freedomofspeech

(4,216 posts)Please keep us updated on her surgery. Love and peace to your family.

#### hlthe2b

(101,258 posts)#### SheltieLover

(57,073 posts)Please keep us posted!

#### RestoreAmerica2020

(3,427 posts)Paz

#### malaise

(266,702 posts)All the best sweet Cassandra

#### hamsterjill

(15,166 posts)I pray for this precious little one, her family, and for the doctors and nurses who will be undertaking her care. May she have a successful procedure, a speedy recovery and may she thrive each day.

#### Joinfortmill

(13,897 posts)#### cayugafalls

(5,541 posts)She is the miracle baby.

#### iluvtennis

(19,650 posts)#### sheshe2

(82,773 posts)Beautiful name, a long name that she will grow into. Love and hugs to you all, peggysue.

#### stillcool

(32,626 posts)I'll be whispering away for you and yours

#### Tanuki

(14,866 posts)to rosy good health! Strength and healing to this precious little one and all those whose love and care have brought her safely to this point. May she have a happy and healthy future!

(To paraphrase a favorite hymn: through many dangers, toils, and snares she has already come; t'was grace that brought her safe thus far, and grace will lead her home!)

#### niyad

(110,874 posts)courage for all her loving family.

Please keep us posted. Your DU family is here for you.

#### backtoblue

(11,241 posts)#### Karadeniz

(21,946 posts)#### flibbitygiblets

(7,220 posts)#### Dem2theMax

(9,541 posts)Praying that surgery is perfect, so perfect that very soon baby Cassandra will be home with Mom and Dad.

And hugs to all of you.

#### ChazII

(6,186 posts)#### Lonestarblue

(9,662 posts)What a little fighter! She’s amazing. Take care and stay strong.

#### sarge43

(28,926 posts)Good thoughts and vibes for your mother, father and your Nan.

#### peggysue2

(10,728 posts)Just got off the phone with my daughter-in-law who is trying desperately to keep it together. Her two sons (previous marriage) started remote school today just to add madness to the mayhem. But she was really delighted to hear that the prayer/blessing machine was up and running for Cassandra. In addition to DU, I have friends in Memphis and a very dear friend in New Jersey who have contacted their own prayer groups on Cassie's behalf.

The Universe is going to be very noisy tonight with a gazillion whispers of love and support.

Thank you once again.

#### wnylib

(21,146 posts)My mother was a preemie not much bigger than Cassandra. She was born in 1922, at home before her mother could get to a hospital, in the middle of a Buffalo winter. My mother's aunt was present and wrapped the tiny babe in a cloth table napkin, placed her in a bread basket, and put the basket on the open door of the kitchen oven until an ambulance arrived.

There was some heart valve damage to my mother and they did not have the advanced medical techniques then that we have today. But she survived (obviously or I wouldn't be here today). She not only survived, but lived to be 90 years old, and to see her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

So please take heart and hope from that example. All babies are different, but with good medical care, prayers, and a baby's tough fighting instinct, they can eventually thrive.

Blessings to your family, Cassandra, and the medical team.

#### qwlauren35

(5,964 posts)hope, hope.

Sent to little Cassandra. Hoping for a normal life as of tomorrow afternoon.

#### Nevilledog

(50,076 posts)#### pazzyanne

(6,471 posts)and for her parents and her Nan !

#### Hekate

(89,628 posts)...and your whole family.

#### barbtries

(28,631 posts)and you tomorrow, and sending well wishes your way.

Looking forward to your update!

#### Stuart G

(38,229 posts)#### Sienna86

(2,147 posts)May she heal quickly and go home to her loving family.

#### brer cat

(24,046 posts)I hope you have good news to share with us soon.

#### Tribalceltic

(1,000 posts)And sending healing energy, but to her and to you ! Stay Strong!

#### redwitch

(14,910 posts)I will keep Cassandra in my prayers. Blessings to all of your family, so hard when the tiny ones struggle!

#### bluestarone

(16,395 posts)For this little girl!!! and couple angel wings to boot!!

#### irisblue

(32,765 posts)#### lillypaddle

(9,580 posts)and her loving family. Fight, fight, fight, little baby girl - you can do this!

#### Alliepoo

(2,151 posts)And a bajillion healing vibes to sweet baby Cassandra! Wishing you, PeggySue, and your family, peace.

#### LiberalBrooke

(527 posts)#### secondwind

(16,903 posts)some good news later in the day.....

#### murielm99

(30,555 posts)#### fierywoman

(7,589 posts)#### trof

(54,254 posts)#### warmfeet

(3,321 posts)will send my best wishes!

Best wishes Cassandra!

My baby brother died of a congenital heart defect in 1964.

Medical science has come a long way since then.

#### marble falls

(55,372 posts)#### StarfishSaver

(18,486 posts)and for strength for you and your family.

#### TygrBright

(20,695 posts)#### OneGrassRoot

(22,914 posts)#### MoonRiver

(36,926 posts)I'll ask angels to head her way!

#### Dem_in_Nebr.

(299 posts)Sending them all for your family and your Grandbaby!!

#### Botany

(70,066 posts)May Cassandra be in your lap as you read some Dr. Suess to her in the winter of

2022 as a gentle snow falls outside. The world has big plans for the two of you.

#### mfcorey1

(10,994 posts)#### dawn5651

(596 posts)#### MontanaMama

(23,139 posts)through her surgery to health and vitality. ❤️

#### Illumination

(2,458 posts)for her! Maybe that's why she's the "Miracle Baby". Sending prayers to you & yours...

#### ancianita

(35,505 posts)#### LAS14

(13,724 posts)#### TheBlackAdder

(27,930 posts)#### Evolve Dammit

(16,389 posts)#### calimary

(80,137 posts)Sending lots of green leafy health-and-healing vibes your way - for her, AND for you also, peggysue2!

Virtual

#### gademocrat7

(10,594 posts)and hugs for Baby Cassandra and the family. We are with you.

#### KT2000

(20,515 posts)heading to Wilmington, DE Nemours Pediatric Hospital for Baby Cassandra and all the other kids facing a challenge!

#### highnooner

(395 posts)My first post ever here.

I was born with a hole in my heart and was known as a blue baby. In 1964, I was one of the first people to have open heart surgery to cover the hole in a heart that was the size of a 50 cent piece. Within a week, I was an active kid who could run, play, and enjoy life to the fullest.

Your kid will be the same soon. Best wishes and prayers.

#### demosincebirth

(12,513 posts)#### PatrickforO

(14,465 posts)May her surgery be successful, and may she soon be home with her parents and her Nan.

#### Cha

(294,544 posts)#### Sugarcoated

(7,690 posts)tonight, every night

#### Maraya1969

(22,352 posts).

#### sprinkleeninow

(20,068 posts)**"Lord, have mercy according to Your Great Mercies. You Who lovest Mankind and Womankind. We pray for the Handmaiden of God, Cassie. For success in her repair and complete healing and restoration for this little one of Yours. We bless and glorify Your Holy Name. Amen and Amen."**

#### majdrfrtim

(316 posts)I work in a children's hospital and have seen, close-up, the wonders accomplished by my medical colleagues.

Blessings upon all those who will be working on your precious little one, Peggy Sue.

#### peacebuzzard

(5,091 posts)many prayers for the little angel...

sweet child. fierce soul...

a special little one in every way.

take care, peggysue in Wilmington.

Please keep this board posted with news about Cassandra.

#### demtenjeep

(31,997 posts)so very sorry

#### crickets

(25,836 posts)#### dlk

(11,311 posts)My middle son was born with a congenital heart defect and I remember how difficult that time in his life was for all of us. I will send extra prayers your way for your grand daughter and your family. Please keep us posted with her progress

#### Meowmee

(5,164 posts)#### Heartstrings

(7,349 posts)and your entire family....

#### electric_blue68

(14,332 posts)Safe, Successful Surgery and Recovery!

from a waaay long ago former preemie

#### oasis

(49,045 posts)#### wendyb-NC

(3,209 posts)on this precious baby girl, Cassandra. I am sending prayers for her parents and you. It's time to go home, and get on with life at home with their baby girl, who is getting stronger and healing every day.

#### Demovictory9

(32,235 posts)#### Vdizzle

(379 posts)Done!

Wish you all the good fortune that can be mustered.

#### TreasonousBastard

(43,049 posts)#### Bettie

(15,878 posts)I hope she comes through it all well and has a long life.

#### Fortinbras Armstrong

(4,473 posts)#### blogslut

(37,923 posts)My good thoughts are with her and her parents and you.

#### Wicked Blue

(5,700 posts)and keep her safe.

May Cassandra heal and be healthy and well.

so mote it be

#### Lucinda

(31,146 posts)#### Spazito

(49,500 posts)thoughts and vibes to her and all involved in her surgery.

Sending a big hug to you and your loved ones during this stressful time as well.

#### spanone

(135,407 posts)#### Fla Dem

(23,144 posts)Sending healing thought through the universe to your Dear Cassandra.

#### Demsrule86

(67,990 posts)#### SayItLoud

(1,690 posts)#### N_E_1 for Tennis

(9,445 posts)#### Danmel

(4,877 posts)#### llashram

(6,261 posts)of faith in a creator, I offered up a prayer for your granddaughter, her parents and you.

#### FailureToCommunicate

(13,918 posts)assured us they do this routinely, it was a common procedure for them, even in the tiny tiny hearts of premies.

It all went fine, and they are healthy, hulking twenty somethings now.

So, you can at least not have extra worries about this.

But, we'll send prayers Cassie's way none the less.

#### The Mouth

(3,110 posts)Hoping for the best!