Joyful Brandi news!

December 23rd, 2014


Latest update from Jeannie Myers, Brandi’s mom, who also posted HERE ON BRANDI’S PUBLIC FACEBOOK PAGE:


Thank you all so much for praying. I’m sorry we haven’t been able to email; our computer went kaput when we tried to send an update, and we were just now able to have it fixed.


Picking up Brandi from the orphanage~

picking up Brandi at the orphanage



Driving away from the orphanage~

driving away


On the plane flight, she gradually became more and more lethargic.


The moment Brandi became a US citizen~ 

the moment Brandi became a US citizen


By the time we were standing in line for Immigrations, she was cold and pale. We made the decision to drive on down to UVA, but halfway there her breathing became more shallow, and she eventually became unresponsive. If you can imagine us barreling down the highway at 80 mph in a full-size van with the baby sleeping in the middle seat, Dan in the backseat trying to wake Brandi and me up front trying to hold it together and resist the urge to go 90, you can begin to understand how thankful we are for your prayers. (Those of you who have seen me drive KNOW angels were involved.)

When we arrived at the ER, Brandi’s temperature was 90 degrees F. They started IV fluids and two powerful broad-spectrum antibiotics, initially diagnosing her with sepsis, a blood infection. So far, cultures taken that night are coming back negative. If they are still clear tomorrow, she can stop receiving antibiotics.  She is much better now and has been moved from Pediatric ICU to a regular Peds floor.

She has been given a new NG tube and is receiving Pediasure, a liquid food replacement formula, every three hours. Her blood is drawn every 12 hours to check her electrolytes, and her IV fluids are adjusted to help even out her potassium and phosphorus levels as her body adjusts to a different kind and amount of nutrition. This should prevent refeeding syndrome.

She cannot properly swallow and will need a G-tube placed surgically as a long-term feeding solution. It can eventually be removed if she learns how to eat on her own.

The other GI issue of concern is a possible bowel blockage.

Well, I’ll spare you the rest of the medical details, except to say that we are very grateful for the team of specialists here who are addressing her many needs. She will likely be in the hospital for another week of tests and procedures; then we can go HOME!

Please pray for our older three children, who are missing Mama and a little disappointed about Christmas in the hospital, although they adore their new sister. They are in gowns and gloves in this picture because Brandi is a MRCA carrier and is on isolation.


Meeting her new siblings~

meeting two of her new siblings


This means that the children cannot go to common areas like the family lounge or playroom and must wear those spiffy outfits the entire time they are hanging out in Brandi’s little room. Our plan to have the whole family at the hospital is not working out. But some very generous friends have gifted us with a two-night stay at a hotel near the hospital, so we can have Christmas together as a family!

Prayer requests:

-that the doctors can discover the source of the pain Brandi’s been having for the last 24 hours

– her electrolytes would continue to stabilize so she can lose the IV

– she handles anesthesia okay for a short procedure tomorrow

– that we and the doctors would have wisdom in prioritizing her needs

– that the many doctors, nurses, and therapists who have heard about God’s goodness and greatness through Brandi will seek Him

– as we receive more and more information about the damage neglect and abuse has done to our child, that anger at the injustice will not turn into bitterness

– above all, that God is glorified in our family and in our hearts – that we would continually remember His mercy in sending His Son to redeem us and bring justice

–Jeannie and Dan


First time in a wheelchair~

first time in a wheelchair







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15 Responses to “Joyful Brandi news!”

  1. Missy says:

    Thank heavens they are home and Brandi is where she can get help. I’ll keep praying for her. Thanks for letting us know.

  2. sarah says:

    Second post from new adoptive parents upset by profound neglect their child has suffered this is so upsetting thank God she is here now

  3. Amy says:

    Praise the LORD!! Such a precious picture of Dan holding Brandi, it brought tears to my eyes.

  4. Melissa says:

    She looks better already! I think her face will just light up more and more as she relaxes and can feel people caring for her and loving her. She looks SO comfy in her bed, such a far cry from the ‘bed’ she had before. LOVE! Can’t wait to see how she just unfolds like a rose in sunlight.

  5. Lauren S. says:

    Thank you! We’ve been praying and wondering!

  6. mary kathryn says:

    Ah, she is so sweet! I’m very thankful she made it to the hospital. How nerve-wracking! There is much to praise God for. Thank you for keeping us posted, Susanna.

  7. Linda Lee says:

    Rejoicing for Brandi’s safe homecoming. I pray for her time in the hospital for answers, strength to her family members and for good plans. Praying for this family over the Christmas holidays!

  8. Colleen Krizak says:

    All glory to God! How amazing to see Brandi being cared for in the hospital with her new siblings Will continue praying for these specific needs. Thank you for the update, Susanna!

  9. Tiffiny says:

    That poor baby…Thank God she is now with her family! Praying for her healing (and, as always, for your’s Susanna!) – thank you for this news.

  10. Rebekah says:

    Thanks so much for the Brandi news! Praise The Lord!!!

    I am praying for your family, especially today, for the comfort and peace that passes all understanding. -A peace only He can give. May The Lord bless you all!

  11. Tami C says:

    Merry Christmas Susanna! And thank you so much for updating about Brandi; many prayers for her and her family. I’m so thankful you updated her status.

    We love you!

  12. Kris says:

    Merry Christmas!

  13. Sara says:

    I immediately thought of you as I read Lisa Qualls news. Not sure if you are aware of her – (12 children by birth and adoption) they experienced a tragedy Saturday as one of their adopted children was killed in a car accident. They had walked a long, hard road with her due to her early years. I know you are still working through your grief, but perhaps want to drop her a note to offer some words as one who has walked a similar road.

  14. Anna T says:

    PTL!! Merry Christmas dear friend and many blessings and continued healing for you and yours in 2015! With much love!

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