Minden Press-Herald

Sep 30th

Prayer requested for Homer child


Special supper scheduled Aug. 24, 7 p.m. at FUMC Homer

A supper will be hosted by First United Methodist Church in Homer on August 24 to pray for Emilee Holloway, who has suffered debilitating seizures most of her young life.

The prayer program will begin at 7 p.m. The family asks those who can't come that evening to stop at 7 p.m. and say a prayer for Emilee, her family and her doctors. The family is asking for prayers for no more seizure activity and for the right side of little Emilee's brain to pick up the activity of the left side.

Beginning at 5 p.m., hamburger plates will be for sale for a $10 donation. Plates will include a burger, chips, a dessert and a drink. You can pick them up at that time or stay and eat with all of us.

T-shirts will also be for sale as a fund-raiser for Emilee. For those interested in purchasing a T-shirt, contact Allison Dillon at 433-0863. Youth sizes are $12, adult smalls through extra large for $15, and 2x through 4x are $17.

Emilee is expected to have life-altering surgery on September 13 at Cook's Children's Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas where she will under go a left hemispherectomy. Surgeons will remove part of the left side of her brain and disconnect the rest.

Emilee is expected to be in the hospital for six weeks if all goes well, her mother, Jennifer Holloway, said. She will undergo therapy for several years of her life for paralysis on her right side.

Once she returns home, she will undergo therapy every day for quite a while, which will include physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy.

"It's a lot of prayer and hope," Holloway said. "I've been in contact with other parents whose children have had these surgeries and there is some hope."

She mentioned a woman with a son who had the same side of the brain removed.

"He's made wonderful progress and is now speaking up to 300 words at age three," she said."If it weren't for her (the mother), I don't think we'd have the courage to do it."

Hope is the seizures will stop with the surgery, because there is no medicine that will stop the seizures.

If the seizures are allowed to continue, they could end up damaging the good portion of her brain.






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