Update from AislingBlack

Dear HLer's from AislingBlack:
My family and I would like to express our deepest gratitude to everyone that showed their love and concern for my beautiful niece, Mikyla. If some of you don't remember or know the situation, Mikyla is 5 months old now but when she was 4 months old, we learned that she had two holes in her heart and a pinched aorta. She was hospitalized to fix the pinched aorta but during surgery, she flatlined. (Code Blue) They bought her back and since then she had to spend several weeks in Riley's Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. About two weeks ago, Mikyla was released with some restrictions of having to use a feeding tube. I would like to report that, my Meke is doing GREAT! She started taking her bottles on her own shortly after she returned home. When I finally met her on Easter Weekend, she didn't have the feeding tube because she was playing with it and pulling it out instead of using it. She takes her medications through a bottle nipple and growing. She started gaining weight again; going from 7 pounds and 2 ounces to 8 pounds and 8 ounces. She is so tiny but so strong. When she grabs your finger, you can feel her strength. When I was up north, I remember that Meke did not sleep more than thirty minutes on three different occasion. (One time falling asleep in my arms, aww's) She didn't want to miss anything. I still hear that she is thriving. Attached is a Photoshopped picture of just her and of me holding her. (I had to wear latex gloves and a mask for safety reason since I was getting over Shingles.) Meke has her heart surgery still coming up but I know she will make a full recovery and be the best flower girl an aunt could ask for. I will keep everyone updated as I know something or you can go to her site and read her journals.
http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/mikylahoward



Thank you ALL again,
AislingBlack and the Howard Family of Indiana

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