Thursday, May 14, 2009


Okay so I said I wasn't going to be taking any pictures but I did. I feel that it's important for Juliana to understand what she has overcome so early in life. The first picture of her looks terrible but she is much better now.

This is ECMO. It is a very big production with lots of pumps that I didn't capture in the picture.

This is Elroy. Elroy is the CVVH machine that was used to help remove fluid from her blood. All the CVVH machines are named after the Jetsons. I would have preferred Rosie so I could take her home to clean my house.

In this picture you can see the CVVH on the right and the ECMO on the left. The CVVH was connected directly to the lines of the ECMO. The oxygenator is the white tube in the middle that looks like it's about to launch and Juliana is on the warmer behind all of this.

Now here is a not so pretty picture. This is Juliana two days after going on ECMO.

These are the cannulas that were surgically placed into the jugular vein in her neck.

Now here is Juliana the day after the cannulas were removed.

and here she is a few days later smiling again. She is so amazing.


  1. She is AMAZING and so strong. She looks so beautifaul smiling again. Thanks so much for sharing. My son and I are still praying for her full recovery. God Bless you all!

  2. I am so glad to see Juliana doing so much better. As you said a few posts ago, she's no ordinary kid. May she keep moving in the right direction.

  3. She is just beautiful. I remember the days when Kinnick and Carver were so puffy that you could hardly tell they had facial features. I wish I would have taken more pictures. I was like you, I didn't want anyone to see my children that way. Juliana has come so far. It looks like she is well on her way to recovery. My prayers are still with all of you.



Juliana Maria was born on July 12, 2008. She is a micro preemie born at 1lb 2oz. 11-1/2 in 23 weeks and 4 days gestational age.