Carlstrom Family Benefit (Bloomington Lutheran Church)

Please read the story about baby Evangeline and the opportunity we have to help support the Carlstrom family at Bloomington Lutheran Church.

Evangeline Carlstrom’s Story.
At our 20 week ultrasound, Adam and I discovered that our daughter had a severe birth defect called a congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH).  She was missing over two-thirds of her diaphragm, and some of her internal organs had moved into her chest cavity, restricting the growth of her lungs and placing stress on her heart. Evangeline was born on March 5, 2019. A team of specialists from Children’s Minnesota, including a neonatologist, neonatal nurse practitioners, nurses and respiratory therapists, was present at the delivery. They immediately placed her on a breathing tube, inserted IVs and stabilized her on a ventilator before transporting her to the NICU. 
After three weeks Evangeline successfully underwent surgery in order to repair the hernia. The next goal for Evangeline was to reduce the blood pressure in her lungs, known as pulmonary hypertension. The neonatal team used intensive medication management and ventilator support to reduce the blood pressure in her lungs. 
Evangeline was hospitalized for six months, and today is finally home with her family as she continues to heal. She remains on ventilator support and oxygen, along with medication management and nutrition via g-tube. Adam and I are certain that Lord was working side by side with the medical professionals taking care of Evangeline – and continues to be by her side. 

Saturday, November 2, 2019. Dinner at 6 pm; Concert at 7 pm


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