PRAY for SAMANTHA ~ CaringBridge Link

February 24, 2013

Please continue your Prayers for Samantha VanMaanen at Sanford Children’s Hospital. Her CaringBridge site may be reached by clicking on this link: SamanthaLeeVM

Pray as well for: parents, Amanda and Justin; big brother, Jackson (almost four), and grandparents, Sam and Barb Berghorst.

Many of you on our Prayer Chain were asked on Friday morning to begin prayers for 15 month-old Samantha.  She suffered avery scary complex febrile seizure brought on by influenza B.”  The quickest way to find updates on her condition is to go to the CaringBridge site for Samantha at SamanthaLeeVM.  

On Thursday evening as I was called to gather with the many family members who came through a howling snow storm to the ER and Neo-Natal Intensive Care Units , it was difficult for us to find “good news” about this sick little girl.  The three day since shown some “baby steps” out of the woods. See recent updates:

Amanda opened her daughter’s Caringbridge site with these words: 

Welcome to Samantha’s caring bridge site ! Samantha turned 15 months on valentines day she is a happy, loving, fun little girl who has an unbelievable sweet tooth, smile, and laugh. She also loves to get her own way about basically everythingvia dolorosa! Big brother Jackson is almost four and mom and dad are Amanda and Justin. We are at the Sanford children’s castle fighting to get our little girl back to health after a very scary complex febrile seizure brought on by influenza B. This was complicated by a large emesis that was aspirated into her lungs. It was further complicated by bad weather and roads. Please keep praying for our little princess, our whole family and the amazing team who is caring for her!

NOT Samantha's foot BUT a reminder of Jesus' Blessing and Love for children.

NOT Samantha’s foot BUT a reminder of Jesus’ Blessing and Love for children.

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Please  continue your prayers for Samantha and the entire family. 

Also give thanks for:

  • Luverne volunteer EMTs, firemen, and all who support their work.
  • The Medical teams at Sanford and all our regional hospitals who respond and wait on stormy nights to help save lives (young and old).
  • Donors (both poor and rich) who give to provide equipment and facilities that are already there when tragedy strikes. (As I entered  the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit, I saw the names of Mike and Jennifer Miller on a donor plaque in the hall way. I saw hundreds of other donor plaques as well, from people who CARE.)
  • City, state, federal, business, citizen, tax-dollar funds that create the safety-nets that rush into place when we dial 911 on a phone.
  • People of Faith, Hope, and Love who create communities and nations that do the same.

In Christ’s Love,

Pastor Dan Leininger

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