time for transplant

So, in the middle of the night we got the call from Omaha. There was a possibility that there would be organs available, so we needed to get to the hospital ASAP. As ready as I thought I would be for that call, I never imagined that it would come a week and a half after she was listed. So I got started packing, and I can't even explain all the different emotions I felt. I know that she needs this to save her life, but it could also be the very thing that takes her life. I kept telling Brad that I wasn't ready and didn't think I'd be able to do this. We prayed and he was finally able to uncurl me and convince me that we had no other choice. Once we got to the hospital they had to make sure she was free of any infection, and they gave us the go ahead. It didn't take long at all to get from the hospital in Denver to the hospital in Omaha. When we got here, we had some good time to spend holding her while we waited for the organs to get here.
Molly is in surgery right now, it will take about 8 hours for the entire transplant (pancreas, liver, and small bowel). One of the hardest things I've ever had to do was hand my daughter to a nurse I didn't know who was going to take her to a place that nobody can promise she'll make it out of. It feels so selfish to want to hold on to her and never let anybody take her away from me, even if I know it's for her own good. That's my baby and I hate that I can't protect her from all the scary things she's going to experience. She's too little to know what's going on, but I'm not. I know the risks involved, and it's not an easy thing making the decision to place your child in a position like this. The only comfort we have right now, is knowing that God is in control. There are things that have taken place so far that have completely amazed me. I stand in awe at how
Sovereign our Lord is, and will always give Him glory for the things we've been able to walk through. I don't know how this is all going to turn out, but I will continue to praise Him for the life that was taken so that my little girl could have an opportunity at really living. I will be forever grateful to the family who gave us something as precious as this. What a miracle that they can even do something like this.
I will do my best to keep everyone updated. I will be here for about 6 months with Molly for rehab after all this is over, and I'll continue to let you know how she's doing. Please pray that she makes it out of surgery okay, stays infection free, and that her body doesn't reject the organs. We love and appreciate you all. Thank you for standing by us in this, and for being a constant support and encouragement.


Nurse/Friend Michelle said...

God is truly kind. I am left speachless again and again watching true joy in the midst of loss and grief. It is difficult to find one without the other. Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy.

I look forward to the updates and hearing about Molly's progress. You write so well Haley. If I can do anyting for you guys Haley, just let me know.
Love and blessings~

Kristen said...

Thank you so much for the update. I ahve been thinking/praying about you, Molly, and the donor family all day.
Wow that call CAME FAST!!!
Know that at ABC, you were all spoken of and prayed about.

Angela Berry said...

Brad and Haley, we love you!! I cant imagine what you are going through, and the emotions that ran through you prior to surgery, and just trying to make sense of it all, leaves you speechless and confused, but there is a purpose, which we do not know. Hold on to the memories and the precious moments you have and God will always be there to help you through. We love you!!
Angela, Anthony, Andrew, Ashley and Austin

Reeves said...

love you haley

Bunny said...

Dear Precious Hovis Family,
My heart and soul grieve with you!!

Loren Linn Webb said...

Praying for you. I don't know what else to say as you go through this, but just know we are praying for you.

Stephen and Loren Webb

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Sean and Billie said...

Billie Jane and I love you guys and are praying for you.


Kimmie said...

Oh, Hayes! I love you girl. I think of the woman you are and how God has truly prepared you for this moment. Your strength amazes me and your honesty is refreshing. I know also that your humor has gotten you through everything. You ALL are in my prayers today. Whatever the outcome is, I pray peace through it all.


Misty and Forrest said...

I know words seem so small in a time such as this, just know that we are praying that God will give you strength and comfort during this time.

Love you all!!!
Misty and Forrest

Adrienne said...

I am a friend of Nicole Schmidt's out in CO. She sent me your blog a while back and asked me to pray for your sweet little Molly Ann and you guys as parents...

I pray for you now...for the journey ahead...for God's healing in your hearts and hope...

I know your journey is different than ours, but I understand to an extent. If when you return to CO you want a mom to talk to who has travelled this rough road, please don't hesitate to let me know.

I will continue to pray for you guys.
Adrienne Graves

Kate's Mommy said...

praying for you...found your blog through a friend's site on facebook...I pray that God comforts you as only He can.