Me and Cindy in our younger daysLast week, a couple of things happened that have further impressed in my mind just how fragile this life is that we are living. My very best friend from high school Cindy Smith is here in town for a while. Not because she's on some kind of vacation but because her 17 year old daughter Courtney, is in extremely critical condition at a local childrens hospital. She is being kept alive with an ECMO machine (lung bypass, similar to the heart/lung bypass machines used in open heart surgery) as she is suffering from a pulmonary embolism, pulmonary hemmorage, pneumothorax, pneumonia and ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome.) The doctors have labled her the sickest child in the hospital. A couple of weeks ago, she was
graduating from high school and had a sore throat. Now, in the blink of an eye, she's fighting for her life in a hospital hundreds of miles from home. Drs. don't know what caused her pneumonia so they are treating it with everything they've got in hopes something works. Her lungs have to heal in order for her to be taken off ECMO. Right now, I think the pneumonia is their biggest concern.
Cindy's beautiful daughter Courtney