About Elijah

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[4/9 Update]

 

 

Elijah is about 2 months from his transplant. He has had some minor set backs that have kept us in California, but every week seems like we are closer to coming home.  Our main goals right now are for Elijah to gain weight, to get him eating orally (he loooooves Carbs) and to controll some of his levels from his new medications.  He's back to happy playful boy and can't wait to go home to daddy and sissy. Although they have not giving us a set date of homecoming yet they seems pretty positive it could be within the next 2-3 weeks!

 

 

[3/10 Update]

Elijah and Mom and Dad are staying at Ronald McDonald House in Palo Alto where they are continuing to monitor (and cuddle) Elijah's recovery. More updates in the coming days.
 
 

 

 

[2/15 Update from Elijah's Mom, Shana]

I've been going back and forth with if I should post a picture of Elijah right now because well I don't know privacy reasons...but this has been such a crazy roller coaster ride of emotions..fear, sadness, joy, love...just everything at once times a million and this warrior is being so strong and fighting to make this liver work and beat this...I took this picture while he squeezes my finger tight and rests pretty peacefully...that is all his medicine behind him and everything connected to him Is keeping him alive and saving his life...im posting this one specific picture because I feel it is beautiful...yes scary...but beautiful and he is so beautiful and everything connected to him is amazing. So if this picture is too much for some I apologize but this for us, our family, it is moving towards health and happiness.

[2/13 Update]

Today is the day!!!

We got a call yesterday from Stanford that Elijah had a donor match. We are so grateful.

So at this very moment Elijah is in surgery to receive his brand new liver. The surgery will be the better part of the day, so we will give you an update as soon as he comes out. Until then, here is what we need from you #TEAMELIJAHV...

1) Leave encouragements or prayers as comments on this post. Shana and Miguel could sure use them during this emotion filled day!

2) Continue to donate to COTA on behalf of Elijah. The procedure may be today, but Elijah and his family have a life time of prescriptions and medical visits ahead of him. Every dollar you give goes straight to helping them care for Elijah and his new liver! http://cotaforteamelijahv.com

3) Make a valentine for Elijah and share it on your page with #TEAMELIJAHV! I know the traditional valentine has a heart on it, but maybe we should do some with livers?! Let's use Valentine's Day to show our love to Elijah and his family as well as continuing to spread the news that he needs our support.

Thank you #TEAMELIJAHV! We will keep you updated as the day goes on.

 

 

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Our sweet Elijah is suffering from a liver disease called Biliary Atresia. The only cure is a transplant. 

We are currently waiting on the transplant list at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford in Palo Alto, California. We are separated from the other half of our family, daddy and sissy Caitlyn.   He is on 11 medications and vitamins that keep his liver he has to not go into failure.   Everyday is a battle for this little guy.

Right now we are waiting for his match and for a healthy liver to help let him move forward with his life.  Just like having kids are lifetime commitments, so are transplants. So while I would have never choose to put so much commitment upon my child, on such a serious matter, so young it is what we have to do to save his life.  The commitment will cost him time, money and the fear of organ rejection at any moment.  

With the cost of a transplant often exceeding $500,000, many transplant families (Like ourselves) are unable to shoulder the financial burden of such a procedure. The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is a national charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses. In Phoenix and in San Francisco, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local infant, Elijah Velazquez.