Judah Benjamin Carter

Campaign Created by: Carly Camardo

Goal : USD $20,000
Raised : USD $ 7,145

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Hi everyone!  I am Judah Benjamin Carter, and I was born on Wednesday, September 20th, and I want to tell you my story.

My parents, Ginger and Ben (I call them mom and dad), named me Judah for several reasons: 
1. In Hebrew, Judah means Praise.  A reminder that the Lord is worthy of Praise ALWAYS!  In and through everything!  Especially with how God is displaying His glory and healing in my life ALREADY! 
2. Also, in the Bible, Judah was the 4th born to Jacob.  I am the 4th born in my family too.  I have 3 older sisters: Payton, Kinley, and Skylar.  Skylar is already up in heaven, playing and running around with Jesus and the other little kids.  One day I'll get to meet her, and I am already thanking God for that eternal promise.  I just hope I can run faster than her. :)

Ok, back to me and my specific story.

These verses have brought my family and I so much hope with everything that has been going on with me: 
  • "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you." Isaiah 43: 2
  • "The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to rescue each time." Psalm 34:19
When I was only 20 weeks old in my mommy's tummy, my mom went to the doctor to find out if I was a boy or girl and the doctors and nurses discovered not only that I was a boy, but that I had something wrong with my heart and my right lung.  This was scary news for my family, because this was the same week as my older sister Skylar's 2nd anniversary of when she had gone to be with Jesus.  Because of the complications the doctors and nurses saw with my heart and lung, it meant my mom would have to go to a hospital in Madison to have them figure out exactly what was going on. After many trips up to the Madison hospitals, they discovered that my heart's valves were actually reversed (which is called transposition), and that my lung grew a tiny mass on it.  They wanted me to be born in Madison so that I could receive the special care I needed.  Praise God for doctors and nurses who know what to look for, and for the God of the universe who knitted me together, and is holding me.  

Trusting in the Lord that He had me, and my life, I was carried full term, and my mom delivered me on September 20th at 9:09am.  Weighing a solid 8 lbs., 8 oz. and 21 inches long.

On Tuesday, September 26th, when I was only 6 days old, I had an open heart surgery to correct my valves that lasted 7 hours.  Again, Praise Jesus for giving doctors and nurses the ability to perform these surgeries.  I had no idea what was going on, but I knew God was close.  They were going to work on my lung too, but didn't want to jeopardize me or my heart by moving things around, so I'll have to go back up to Madison to have that surgery on my lung on a future day.

Guys!  I am praising Jesus for healing me through that surgery!  He has big things in store for me and my family's lives!  Also, I've been told I am an overcomer and strong through Him, but guys, my parents and sisters are too!  Seeing them and how they are loving, caring, and praying for me, has made all the difference.  So grateful God handpicked them to be my family!

After spending 13 days at the American Family Children's Hospital, I am home!  I still have a road to recovery in store; which entails me having to go to the doctor every once in a while, and I still need to have my lung looked at, and probably surgery on that too.  I'll keep you all posted.

I like being at home rather than that hospital; although everyone there was so nice.  At home I can watch what my sisters are doing, and I love snuggling with mom and dad.  

I don't know too much about money yet (I heard my dad say something about getting an allowance) but I know the doctor bills are starting to come in, and I hate that they are, and my parents have to pay them all.

I have a couple praises and prayer requests:

Praises: 
  1. God is good!
  2. God is good at being God!
  3. God is good to me!
  4. For the family I was born into.  I love my mom, dad, and sisters already.
  5. For having that doctor fix my heart.
  6. For being at home and not at the hospital any longer.  I didn't like all those tubes wrapped around me.
Requests: 
  1. Would you partner with my family and I in prayer for my complete healing?  In specific my heart and lung.
  2. Would you partner with my family and I financially for the care my mom and I have received since I was about 20 weeks old? Including the 13 days in the hospital, the heart surgery I had, and even the possible lung surgery that is ahead.
If you would like to partner with us financially, I have created this page where you can give directly to my parents for ALL the medical expenses they have for the amazing care I have received at both Unity Point, and American Family Children's Hospital up in Madison. 

Going back to Praise, I praise God that we have Him.  That nothing is too big or difficult for Him, and for His healing of my life.  Also, praise God for the community and support my family and I have through you!

Thank you for reading my story, and for all the prayers and support. You all are awesome!

Love,
Judah Benjamin Carter

"Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.  Amen."  Ephesians 3:20-21
 

UPDATES

Update on Judah - 2/19/18
February 19, 2018
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Hey Everyone
Now that we are settled in Corpus Christi, we wanted to give you all an update on Judah!  Right before we moved, we took Judah to Madison for a check up there to make sure he was ok before we left. His doctors there were and have been so awesome!  They were able to do an echocaridogram of his heart and thankfully everything looked great before the big move.  Of course, there were a couple of spots that they wanted us to continue to keep a close eye on, so we were given instructions to continue to do what we are doing, and get an appointment scheduled with his new doctors shortly after arriving in Corpus.

Fast forward time to after the big move, which he did awesome with by the way, and getting stuff scheduled down here.  Thankfully there is a Children's Hospital down here called Driscolls Children's Hospital that we were referred to from Madison.  It took a few weeks to get an appointment scheduled, but Judah had his first appointment down here a few weeks ago.  Of course he won the hearts of all the nurses and stole the attention from everyone in the waiting room!  Big sister Kinley came along too, and was a huge support and help to him!  The doctors did an echocaridogram on him to see how the function of his heart was doing, and we had another great report!  Everything is looking great!  His heart is functioning just as it should!  Praise God!  

They did point out the same areas that Madison did to keep an eye on, so he will have to have a CT scan of his heart at the end of March so they can get clearer and better images to see exactly how the left side of his heart is doing.  Unfortunately, Judah will have to be sedated for that because he is too wiggly and tries to assist the technician by pulling at the cords :)  So please keep him in pray that all goes well for that outpatient procedure and that they get the images they need to.  

We are so grateful to God that he is growing so great and doing so well!  Judah is rolling around and chewing on everything and doing fine overall!  His only complaint seems to be how hot his feet get here in Texas!  We are still trying to line up an appointment for him to be seen regarding the mass in his right lung.  We are looking at doing that in Houston just because the quality of hospitals and doctors over there.  

Please continue to agree with us that his heart is strong and functions as it is supposed to with no complications!  And that the mass in his lung would dissolve-believing for a miracle for that!  We could also use prayer for the finances that are still needed to cover his bills from the surgery as well as continual visits that he needs to have.  We appreciate all the prayers and support for our little guy!  We can't do this without God, and without all of you!  THANK YOU!!!!!

"I knew you before I formed you in your mother's womb.  Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations."
Jeremiah 1:5

"It is the Lord who goes before you.  He will be with you.  He will not fail you or forsake you.  Do not fear or be dismayed."
Deuteronomy 31:8

"I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry.  He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and mire.  he set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.  He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God.  Many will see what he has done and be amazed.  They will put their trust in the Lord."
Psalm 40:1-3

Update on Judah - 11/15/17
November 15, 2017
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Hey Everyone!
We wanted to give an update as to how Judah is doing.  We have been taking him to the doctor, almost weekly, for check-ups.  Not all of his visits have been in Madison; thankfully there is now a pediatric cardiologist that is in Rockford that we were able to meet while Judah was in the hospital in Madison, and she has been great.  So Judah sees her, as well as his regular pediatrician to make sure everything still looks ok and that he is growing just like any new baby should.  Thankfully, Judah is a good eater and is growing perfectly!  He is currently a whomping 12 pounds! 

Ever since Judah's heart surgery, they have been keeping a close eye on his left ventricle, which appears to either have a small clot or some scar tissue (from the surgery).  He takes a baby aspirin daily to help this to go away, and when he returns for his next echocardigram at the end of November, they can see if it has gotten any better.  But overall, Judah's heart is doing great and is beating like any normal heart should!

Just this past week, Judah had to go back up to Madison to have his kidneys looked at, and to have some ultrasounds run on them to see how they were doing.  Originally, we just thought this visit was precautionary due to the medicine that he was on while he was in the hospital recovering from the heart surgery, but when we were up there we learned that wasn't entirely the case.  When they did scans of his kidneys after birth, those too looked to be somewhat abnormal.  So after scans were done just this week, we are thanking God that both of his kidneys look fine!  God is so good!

The next thing on the horizon for Judah is to remove the mass in his right lung.  They didn't want to remove this at the time of his heart surgery because the surgeons thought that would be too risky for him; and we are thankful for their wisdom on that.  We still aren't entirely sure what this mass is, but thankfully it is not cancerous and looks like it can be removed non-invasively.  The plan is to have his lung looked at after the first of the year and from there determine when the surgery will be.  Doctors are thinking that come springtime it will be removed.  It isn't causing him any trouble currently, but if it isn't removed it can be something that causes trouble as he gets bigger. 

Please continue to stand and pray with us for Judah's heart to remain strong, for the clot/scar tissue to go away, and for the mass on his lung to go away completely!  We are so GRATEFUL for all of the love and prayers that have carried us through.  We have been at such peace throughout this whole journey so far, and we know that God's hand is on our little miracle!  Thank you for all of you that have partnered with us finacially already-we are so humbled!  We love you all!
Ben & Ginger

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