Praying for River

Campaign Created by: Juanita Funkhouser

The funds from this campaign will be received by Melissa Barringer.

Goal: USD $50,000
Raised: USD $ 4,200

On Friday October 21, 10-month-old River Barringer had been very sick for a couple days. She would not eat and was lethargic and in obvious pain. She was taken to the ER, where they had no indication of what was wrong with her so they sent her home. Over the weekend she continued to get worse and had not eaten anything for several days. She threw up some stuff that looked like cotton. Turns out it was fake cobweb Halloween decorations she had eaten at Day Care a few days previously. 

By Monday morning the 24th, she was lethargic and would not respond to any stimulus. She was taken back to the ER, and subsequently rushed to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. There her stomach was pumped and fecal matter was found in her stomach. She went into surgery where the surgeons found that the intestines had been pulling inside each other and some of her intestines had been digested and had to be removed. They removed all of her large intestine and about 20% of her small intestine, leaving about two inches of colon. 

The doctors were concerned she would not make it. But she has.

One week later, she is responding and eating baby food and breast milk. She has had issues with infections, fever and blood clots but she is alive and improving by small increments. No one knows at this point how much nutrition she will be able to take in with so little of her digestive tract remaining. 

She has lost a lot of weight and is still battling the blood clots and infections. This has been a tremendous burden on the family, the other three children, Skyler (10), Hunter (6) and Cheyanne (3), both emotionally and financially. Parents are Ben and Melissa Barringer. Ben is a software developer and Melissa is at home because she has her own battle with Multiple Sclerosis. 

Please pray for healing for River, peace for the family, and wisdom for the doctors who are treating River. 


Update #11
February 19, 2023
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Thank you so much for all of your praying and support! You were such a wonderful blessing to the Barringers in a very difficult time. Look at little River now!!!

Update #10
November 27, 2022
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updateImage River is home and working on gaining weight. The goal is continuing to gain weight and staying healthy. She is scheduled for surgery to reconnect her intestines. Please pray for continued healing and health as they prepare for the next step. 

River is going HOME!
November 18, 2022
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River is going home!

She has to go back to try to reattach her remaining intestines. But for now she is stable and coming home with the ileoscopy stoma and trying to gain weight and strength at home enough that she can be healthy to go back for next surgery. 

We have to do blood thinners for the remaining clot and give her thickening agent to slow down the food. Otherwise she is in good shape.

Update #8
November 14, 2022
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The PICC line has some irritation and infection so they either have to treat it or remove it. She is getting close to finishing TPN (food to bloodstream) so it is a race to see if they can just remove the PICC line before they have to start a fresh set of antibiotics. It is far better to not have to do another run of antibiotics. 

She is doing well just working through these little things trying to get better. 

It’s been a month in the hospital now so I’m sure people have moved on to some degree but we still can use more prayer. 

Melissa been living in a hospital for a month as well. It's a long time to be away from the other kids. 

Update #7
November 9, 2022
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The doctors started River on a bit of milk on Monday night. She seems to be doing well with it.
She is sitting up with a physical therapist to work on strength 
They will do another scan on Friday to check on the progress of dissolving the blood clot.
She had a smile for her daddy today. ❤️ Thank you for your continued prayers!!!

Update #6
November 6, 2022
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River's Infections are down and the blood clots in her leg are showing big improvement.
She is still being fed through an  IV for now but they are hoping she can start eating later this week.

Update #5
November 4, 2022
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Update #4
November 4, 2022
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River is receiving nutrition through a PICC line to give her digestive system a rest to heal. Melissa was able to hold her this morning and got a smile. 

Update #3
November 3, 2022
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Yesterday's emergency surgery led to the surgeon's creating an ileostomy. The hope is to reverse it in a few months. Unfortunately, River also has pneumonia as well. 

Update #2
November 2, 2022
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River is undergoing surgery at this time. They need to go back to discover if there is additional leaking from the remaining intestines. Lord, please guide the surgeon's hands and place a blanket of protection over River. 

Update #1
November 2, 2022
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River took a turn for the worse today. Still struggling with not gaining weight. Infection and fever is back today and she seems more sick. They are going to try another CT scan to try to find out what is causing the infections.


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