Madison Foell born with only two chambers of her heart, but prayers pay off
Tiny Madison Foell is a living miracle. In her first few months, she has withstood more serious medical problems than most people face in a lifetime.
She is being celebrated for being the fighter she is by those who love her - and by a community that has yet to meet her.
The daughter of Nick and Kim (Nielsen) Foell, she was born July 31 with only two chambers in her heart, heart valve problems and an undeveloped right lung.
At six days old, she had her first surgery in Omaha, Neb. to close the hole in her heart and to band her pulmonary artery. Since that time other problems have developed - masses were detected in her lungs, it has been necessary for her to wear a harness due to loose hip joints, damaged tissue has been removed from her toes and there have been numerous ups and downs in her circulation, breathing and color.
On Oct. 13 she underwent a risky surgery in which doctors were able to improve the leaking in her heart valve. Madison came through the surgery "reasonably well," her parents say. She loves to be held and even after all she has been through, she has developed a sweet smile.
The Foells have established a website to keep friends and family who cannot be at the hospital with them up to date on Madison's progress and a photo gallery. Check the site out at www.carepages.com
First time visitors to this site must register (no cost) and then can check in at anytime. MiracleMadison (no space) must be typed in during each visit.
The first time parents have heard from many caring people throughout the ordeal and "thank" everyone for the prayers.
"All your prayers continue to work miracles for Madison," they wrote.
Progress has been slow but progress is being made. "Everything is going well in small steps," they wrote on another occasion. They take one day at a time and are thrilled at even the tiniest advances. "We know all your prayers have gotten her this far and we want to thank you again," they shared.
A group of big-hearted friends have taken it upon themselves to organize a fund drive for the family to help defray some of the expenses of the medical procedures, missed work and extended stays in Omaha. They have coined the title, Miracle Madison, for the little fighter, fittingly so.
The friends of Miracle Madison will sponsor a hog roast benefit dinner Saturday, Nov. 12 from 5-8 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall. A free will offering will be taken. If you are unable to attend, the committee asks that you consider being a part of the fund raising by dropping off or sending a donation to the Miracle Madison Fund at:
Security Trust and Savings Bank
601 Lake Ave.
Storm Lake, Iowa 50588
Please make checks payable to Nick and Kim Foell.
"We thank you for all your nice messages, thoughts and prayers," the couple commented. "This journey would be even longer without the support everyone has given us."
The friends of Miracle Madison ask that everyone continue to pray for the family as they take one day at a time.