Kristan Seaford is an incredible mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend! She has always gone above and beyond for her family, which includes devoted husband Brook, ten-year-old son Ben, seven-year-old Caroline, five-year-old twins Lauren and Maizie, and one-year-old Jeannie (nick-named “Jean Bean”). They are a beautiful family! She has taught her children to have faith in God and to love immensely! She has taught her children to look out for others, and in the past was always cooking meals for and helping families in need. She typically evaluates a day with her children by the amount of fun they had (and the state of the house at bedtime)! Kristan makes everything fun, puts everyone at ease, and looks out for those in need.
Little did Kristan know that she would be facing significant obstacles. On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, Kristan stayed home from church with flu-like symptoms while her husband brought the kids to church. When Brook returned home, Kristan was unconscious and turning blue; she had aspirated and experienced respiratory failure. She was rushed by ambulance to the hospital, where she became septic and her organs starting shutting down. Brook was told to say his goodbyes on several occasions. Kristan’s doctors started dialysis for her kidneys, and did everything possible to save her life, which included intense blood pressure medication.
Here is the miracle: Kristan LIVED thanks to the power of prayer and her team of doctors and nurses and aides! Here is the second miracle: Kristan’s organs have bounced back and her brain and personality are intact!
If the story ended here, you might be compelled to help Kristan and her family, but there is more to this amazing and determined young mother! Kristan’s life was saved at the expense of her hands and feet. The medications that kept her core organs alive, did not allow proper blood and oxygen to reach her secondary and tertiary arteries and veins. The doctors knew this was a risk, but also knew it was a risk worth taking to save her life. Thus, her hands had to be amputated on January 30th. Her left foot, as well as the toes and part of her right heel were also lost. These devastating surgeries would stop most people, but not our Kristan. She is a warrior, continuing to fight through every step of recovery. After 95 days in various medical facilities, Kristan returned home and was reunited with her family on February 27th.
Kristan’s family has been inspired, delighted and in awe of the support that has been offered during this challenging time. They are so appreciative for the ongoing prayers, family dinners, carpool assistance, school lunches, childcare and gift cards. It is amazing how good deeds are returned. Kristan’s daughter Caroline recently commented how wonderful it was that dinners kept arriving, especially since her mommy used to be the one bringing meals to those in need. The ripple effect is so powerful! Many have asked what more they can do - after the gentle prodding of friends, we have started this fundraiser.
Now that she is home, Kristan’s journey of recovery and physical and occupational therapy will continue. She is learning to use basic prosthesis devices, and is determined to learn how to take care of herself and her five children. Kristan plans to continue to lead an active lifestyle - she hopes to even run again one day using a prosthetic leg. Nothing can stop Kristan. Along with medical bills from the past three months, the Seafords will need to cover the costs of extended care (for both the children and Kristan) at home. We anticipate prosthetics to also be an ongoing expense as Kristan's needs evolve. Just one prosthetic hand can cost between $40,000 and $125,000. We ask that you contribute to our effort to "See Kristan Run". Gifts of any amount will help Kristan and we thank you for lending a hand.
"Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." Hebrews 12:1
To read more about Kristan's journey, you may visit http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/kristanseaford