Cristofer Daniel Update

On Easter Sunday my patient with the belly problems, six year old Cristofer, came to church with us and his family. During Sunday School after 3 weeks of spending hours each day caring for and getting to know him, imagine my surprise when he introduced himself to the Sunday School class by his second name, Daniel.

So let me give you an update on Daniel. After almost three weeks on TPN (a customized liquid nutrient solution that is put directly into the blood stream), Daniel gained nearly 10 pounds, has lots of energy, and has become a professional at getting various hospital employees to buy him popsicles and ice cream.

In the days leading up to Easter, all of Honduras goes on vacation. During that time it became nearly impossible to get the TPN delivered across the country so we were forced to try and see if Daniel could absorb his nutrition orally. Unfortunately, although he has been able to mostly maintain the weight gain that was won through the TPN, his belly has become distended again and proven him unable to handle any non-liquid diet (and it’s really difficult to get a healthy mix of protein in a kid-friendly liquid diet).

Despite this setback, he is remains very happy, playful, and much better than when he arrived.

Daniel, his sister, and my two eldest daughters playing on the hospital playground

Tomorrow (or today if you are reading this on Thursday morning) Daniel will be going to surgery. Please pray:

  1. That Daniel and his family will have peace before, during, and after the surgery. (Daniel is feeling a bit scared because of all the bad experiences he has had.)
  2. That Dr. Dave, our surgeon, will have wisdom, insight, dexterity, and divine guidance in the midst of what could be a very complex surgery.
  3. That Dr. Isaac, our anesthesiologist, will be able to help Daniel get to sleep, keep him from vomiting/aspirating, and wake Daniel back up again without problems.
  4. That Daniel’s body will heal well and recover quickly, such that he can get back to eating normally and have no further obstructions.
  5. That Daniel and his family will experience Christ-like love in a way that transforms their lives forevermore.

If you thought you might want to give to help cover some of Daniel’s rather large inpatient bill, but have not yet done so, please consider doing so now. You could Venmo or Paypal us, or give through Samaritan’s Purse. We’d be happy to send you directions for how to do so – just email us: nathangilley@gmail.com

So far, outside of the regular support that we get, we have not had any funds given specifically to help Daniel. The main reason he is a special case, with an unusually high bill is because we had to give him TPN for 3 weeks, which is a very expensive and time consuming process.

Grace & Peace,

Dr. Nathan

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