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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
 

Jonathan Werkmeister

2017-11-27 20:54:30

Love y'all so much! Hope this helps.

Mary Tapia

2017-11-17 19:21:56

We love you all!! Gods break through & complete healing is coming! ������

Tom Versack

2017-11-16 04:10:48

God bless you all ����

Kurt Taylor

2017-11-14 22:08:06

God bless your family

REBECCA STIPEK

2017-10-23 15:19:21

YOU ARE LOVED JUDAH!!

Barbara Betts

2017-10-19 21:51:01

We are thanking God for everything He has done for Judah so far and believing for his complete healing!! Love you all. Grandma and everybody at Best Home Care of Northern Illinois, Inc.

Anonymous

2017-10-16 23:32:50

Judah is a testimony to the Healer! Blessings to your family!

Jackie Lang

2017-10-16 13:55:27

May God continue to bless little Judah!

Brent Zehner

2017-10-14 23:27:11

We Love you guys cannot wait to see Judah.#judethedude

MeriKim Hime

2017-10-14 16:57:32

Praying for Judah and his family! God bless!

Anonymous

2017-10-14 03:58:30

What an amazing story, Judah! God's faithfulness is ALL over your, and your families lives! Love you!

Nadine pahnke

2017-10-13 03:47:03

Praying for judah and his family

Sarah B Norman

2017-10-13 03:09:06

Praying for little Judah and your family! Love you Carly! - Wade and Bethany

hannah timmer

2017-10-12 02:54:19

Love you guys so much!

Kelly Jury

2017-10-11 14:50:30

Your in our thoughts and prayers!

GiveSendGo .com

2017-10-10 01:00:06

You are our week one "Give Back" recipient for getting the most views last week on your campaign. Keep sharing as we will be giving away $100 each week in October to campaigns that are most shared. We are praying for little Judah and your family! God Bless you! Love, your GiveSendGo team

Karen Johnson

2017-10-10 00:23:14

Love you guys! Paul & Karen

Anonymous

2017-10-10 00:18:07

Judah, can't wait until we can play together. Your friend Micah Muneton

Anonymous

2017-10-10 00:11:30

Can't wait to play with you. From your friend Wesley Johnson

Rosealee Kinscherff

2017-10-09 21:08:10

Thank you for the update. I know God's hand is over all of you and so are His blessings. You are on my heart and in my prayers. God bless and quick recovery. Im believing God will totally heal his lung. We are in the season of Healing

Jacqueline Nolan

2017-10-09 17:41:50

God Bless sweet chip.

Thomas Eisenbraun

2017-10-07 22:49:12

Love, Tom and Bernie Eisenbraun

Angela A Wollenberg

2017-10-07 21:37:29

Bless Baby Judah! Can't wait to meet you! Love, Auntie Angela and Uncle Dennis

Annette fog

2017-10-07 20:55:45

Sending lots of love and prayers

Trevor Parker

2017-10-07 16:20:38

Praying for healing for Judah and abundant blessing on your family. Love, The Parkers

Gloria S. Curtis

2017-10-07 15:10:14

Love and daily prayers from Auntie Gloria & Rusty

Phyllis Hagemann

2017-10-07 14:36:44

We love Y'all May God Keep Blessing Your Beautiful Family

Cheryl P. Eno

2017-10-07 14:25:51

Praying for you guys!!!

Alyssa Donlan

2017-10-07 14:20:35

Love all of you Carters! ❤️ Alyssa and Greg

Janet Woznica

2017-10-07 14:18:10

Prayers! Love and support for you ALL!!

Jacki Hogan

2017-10-07 14:09:29

Praying for your family. -Jeremy and Jacki Hogan

Update on Judah - 11/15/17
November 15, 2017, 10:05 pm

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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