Karing for Kate

For: Katherine Kratochwill
Organizer: Patrice Matthias
Karing for Kate (Katherine Kratochwill)
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The Story

On November 28, 2012, Katherine Anna Kratochwill was welcomed to the world. The day after she was born, extensive medical procedures began. We now know that Kate has congenital birth defects including a tethered spinal cord, syndactyly of her left hand, and most recently was diagnosed with Hirschsprung's disease after a severe infection that kept her in the hospital for several weeks. She has already undergone two major surgeries and she is scheduled for another 3 in the coming year.

Please join us to support Kate's Road to Recovery!

Sunday October 27th, 2013 3pm - 8pm

115 Bourbon Street
3359 West 115th Street
Merrionette Park, IL 60803

Lots of Entertainment - come join us!

Family Friendly Stand Up Comedy Show at 6:00pm!

Food, drinks, desserts, trick or treating, pumpkin decorating, face painting, split the pot raffle - fun for everyone!!!

Kids wear your Halloween costume!

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. $10 for anyone under 21 and children under 5 are free!

To purchase tickets, please email your request to [email protected] or mail your check (payable to "Karing for Kate") to:

Karing for Kate
c/o Darlene Kratochwill
19316 Beaver Creek Lane
Mokena, IL  60448-8252

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Fundraiser Updates

Posted on October 8, 2013

Posted on October 8, 2013

On September 30th Kate went in for surgery to have part or her whole colon removed.  After about an hour the surgeon called us and said they were done.  She then let us know that upon opening her up they saw she had a lot of bacteria growing inside her.  They were able to get out the infected areas of her colon but did not proceed with the rest of the surgery due to risk of infection.  They also were able to test all areas of her colon and are 100% sure that she will need to have it all completely removed.  This means Kate will have another surgery in December to remove her colon and then one more in March to be closed up again.  She is resting and recovering and is doing very well.  Thank you all for your continued love, support and prayers! 

Posted on September 19, 2013

Posted on September 19, 2013

Bj and I would like to thank everyone for your support and prayers for our little angel Kate.  She is doing really great and has been cleared for her next surgery. On a September 30th she will have her surgery to have her colon removed, or possibly just part of it.  This surgery will take between 5-8 hours because they will need to test each part of her colon to see if it has the cells it needs to work properly. 

Thank you all again very much, we will post another update to let you know how she is doing after the surgery.  

Love Bj, Becky and Kate

Posted on August 26, 2013

Posted on August 26, 2013

August 26, 2013 A note from Kate's mom:

On November 28, 2012, we welcomed Katherine Anna Kratochwill, Kate as we call her, into the world. As soon as we laid eyes on her, we were in love!

The day after she was born, they ran tests on her because of an abnormal skin tag on her back and syndactyly of her left hand. They then found out that she was born with a tethered spinal cord. At 3 months old, she had surgery on her spinal cord to correct it. Two months later, Kate started feeling very sick. She was not eating or passing stool. We took her to the ER and within 48 hours, she was having emergency surgery on her bowels. After surgery, she was kept in a medically induced coma to help fight the sepsis infection that was taking over her body. The doctors and nurses worked hard and kept our baby alive!

After 10 days, they woke her up and removed her breathing tube, but we still did not know what the source of the infection was. Two weeks later, we had a diagnosis of Hirschsprung disease. Basically, this means that her colon does not have the cells it needs to pass stool. In a month or so, she will be having part, or possibly all, of her colon removed. Thankfully, this is something that she can live without. Three to four months from now, she will have another surgery to re-connect her small intestine to her anus.

Because she was hospitalized for so long, she became very weak and is now getting therapy twice a week to regain her strength. She also goes to the doctor once a week for a weight check and she is doing great - gaining like they hoped she would.

All three of these issues that Kate has are called congenital birth defects, which means they are either hereditary or chromosomal abnormalities that happened during the first month of life after conception. Although she is growing, thriving and much healthier, Kate has a long road ahead of her with three surgeries in the next year. We know that she will do great and it will just be another bump in the road.

We want to thank everyone for all of your support and prayers for baby Kate! We wouldn't have gotten through all of this without it!

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