Scout’s little body made it through the surgery and it appears to be doing well. So far, we have not run into any post surgical respiratory issues, such as pneumonia, collapsed lung, and whatnot, and we are very thankful for that. She is on room air.

Her eye surgeon said that her muscles were very small and more difficult than most to work with, but he felt that he was able to accomplish what he set out to do. Her eyes are swollen and look extremely bloodshot. As to be expected when someone cuts your eyes open. They will be very uncomfortable for a while. It may feel to her like she has a piece of sand in her eye or something.

The endoscopy went as planned and from the initial examination all looked normal, but of course a biopsy could indicate allergies that we aren’t aware of yet.

The Dentist ended up removing all of her teeth except for two which she capped. We knew going in that this could be a possibility but we were a little shocked to hear that removing that many teeth was actually needed. At this point she will just deal with two teeth until her permanent teeth start to arrive in a few years. We keep reminding ourselves that in the scheme of things they are only teeth and baby ones at that. She is alive and no longer dealing with teeth pain or the risk of serious infection from rotten teeth. This is cosmetic.

Her cleft palate repair went well and as planned. Assuming she heals quickly we hope that she won’t have to deal with a hole in her mouth anymore.

We cannot thank you enough for your continued support and prayers. Scout has made a lot of progress today toward a better quality of life. She is going be in pain for several days and getting used to some new feelings in her body. We pray that she can make smooth adjustments to a sealed mouth with no teeth. We pray that she will adjust to eating and also talking with this new mouth of hers and that this will be the last cleft palate repair she will have to undergo. We pray that her eye muscles are strengthened enough to not have to repeat this surgery, that no adjustments will be needed in the future and that her vision has not or will not be damaged.

Please also pray for the physical pain she is feeling right now. She just had the top of her mouth sewn together, almost every tooth yanked out, and both of her eyes were cut open and sewn back together.

We are thankful to God that she made it through this marathon of a surgery and that she is communicating with us. She is angry, she wants to go home, but she is communicating.



30 Comment

  1. Chris Lanning says:

    All of you will be in our prayers. Poor girl.

  2. Emily says:

    This picture breaks my heart but at the same time heals it! I know she is hurting now, but hopefully it will make everything better for the long run. I will pray for Scout, and also for you and Gabe. I know this hasn’t been easy for you two and you need strength right now, too. Keep it up- you two are great parents!

  3. Greg Tipton says:

    Praying here.

  4. Aubree Clark says:

    I just love her, and I’ve never even met her. Praying for Scout and your family!

  5. Peyton-Leigh says:

    We will definitely continue prayers for her healing and for the pain to be gone quickly. It just brings me to tears to see that picture of her and trying to understand the level of pain her tiny 3 year old body has to take on from the surgeries. I will use that emotion to spur on my prayers though.

  6. Brooke VanMeter says:

    We will be praying for Scout and your family.

  7. Polly says:

    Thought of Scout several times today, glad to hear she Is breathing ok. I hope she can have comfort from these pains. May God give you strength In this part of your journey.

  8. Allison says:

    Such a small body to have undergone so much. You all are in our prayers to the Father.

  9. Jason May says:

    I’m glad that everything went well today and I’ll definitely keep her in my prayers. Hope she has a quick recovery.

  10. Aunty Lauren says:

    Give my sweet, precious niece a gentle kiss from me! We’ve been praying about her up here. We hope to come and see you guys soon! All our love coming your way!

  11. Tracy Richardson says:

    Prayers went up all through the day here. So glad she’s out of surgery and things are moving in the right direction for little Scout. We will continue asking God to relieve her of the pain and distress.

  12. Shawna says:

    Love going out and prayers going up. Love you guys. Nothing too big for our Great God!

  13. Trisha Ellis says:

    We are praying! Your precious Baby is such a fighter and a great example to all of us. Praying for her comfort and healing. Love y’all!

  14. Darlene O'Neal says:

    I’m thankful that all went well. I will continue to pray for positive progress medically for sweet Scout. I am sure it is very difficult to know that she is in pain and I pray that her Dr’s and nurses will be able to help control that with meds. I will pray for a quick recovery so that she will be able to be back at home soon with all of you. God be with you.

  15. Janna Gurtler Harris says:

    Praying for your sweet baby girl. Praying, praying, praying for healing and NO pain for her and for strength for her parents. I cannot imagine what she is feeling, and how y’all must feel. Our God is good, and He’s taken care of her so far. Praying.

  16. Mark Kelly Hall says:

    I am SO praying for you all! As precious as your children are to you, it’s hard to imagine how much more precious you are to our Father..but there it is. I pray you’ll rest in that (or anything else, for that matter, at this point!).

  17. You are beautiful Scout. And Mandy and Gabe…God surely knew what he was doing when he entrusted this brave little spirit to your family. Love and prayers.

  18. Shannon and Rachael says:

    Our hearts are so sad for what Scout has endured and we continue to pray for you all….we cannot even imagine how difficult this is fo you both to see as parents

  19. Darla says:

    Well, as much as it hurt my heart to read this, I can’t imagine how you guys are feeling. I’m thankful to hear it’s done and no complications so far. I will keep all of you in my prayers. Scout is such a precious, special little girl.

  20. Misty says:

    Poor baby! Prayers! God can heal and do amazing things!

  21. Angela says:

    Sweet girl! Praying for a swift recovery with as little pain as possible! Also praying for you all as you deal with a little one who has just been through so much.

  22. Carol Roberts says:

    With many prayers for Scout and her good mom and dad!

  23. Continued prayers for you and your sweet, precious baby girl. God bless you all with his healing, comfort, presence, and rest. I love you all.

  24. Karen Morgan says:

    Love and prayers to you all.

  25. Melanie Chandler says:

    Praying, praying, praying for Scout’s strength and stamina. I hope she can know one day what a great source of strength and encouragement she is to so many of us. She (and you guys) have already endured more than most of us will in our lifetime. Bless you all for your faith, your openness and your example to each and every one of us. Thank you for truly living what some of us just hope and pray we would be able to do in your situation. God bless you all and may Scout’s recovery go as smoothly and painlessly as possible.

  26. Rose says:

    love love love to scoutypants and to you both.

  27. Lydia says:

    Glad things went well. Hoping and praying for ZERO complications. That girl sure is a trouper, and her parents are, too! I wish she could just sleep through all the most uncomfortable parts of this.

  28. Tamara Crim says:

    Mandy & Gabe-So thankful that Scout is on the upswing. What a huge ordeal. Glad to know that God blessed this sweet girl with two loving and caring parents. She is very blessed. We are thinking of you and praying for you and Scout. Love from FL!!

  29. Monica says:

    Prayers are be sent up for you all. Scout is a fighter and inspiration.

  30. Amy Schreiner says:

    Praying for and loving your sweet baby girl!

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