Posted on August 12, 2013
Stella was having difficulty breathing after her last surgery. She has been in and out of the specialty hospital and has been in the oxygen chamber. Stella has laryngospasms, which is an uncontrolled or involuntary muscular contraction (the spasm) of the laryngeal cords. This causes a partial blockage of the airway because the muscles are fluttering in the throat and blocking air flow. It is TERRIFYING for anyone who experiences it because you think you can't breathe. You have to calm down to breathe easier which is hard when you think you are suffocating. The more agitated and worked up you get the harder it is to breath. It was easier for Stella to breath in the oxygen chamber because she was getting a higher concentration of oxygen then she was just breathing room air.
Stella’s breathing had not improved today so it was decided that Stella need a tracheotomy to survive. A tracheostomy is a surgical procedure to create an opening through the neck into the trachea (windpipe). The procedure was done this afternoon and Stella is now sitting up, alert and able to breathe without difficulty. Now that Stella’s airway is secure and her feeding tube is in place, Stella’s body can work on healing and gaining weight. Please continue to keep Stella in your thoughts and prayers. Stella also needs donations for her care. The tracheostomy surgery cost $4300. Every dollar counts, please consider donating to Stella’s care. Thank you!!!