Posted by: Project MicroMundo | November 11, 2010

Update on Elyda

Jess here with a quick Elyda update. The past few days have been hard, but things are finally beginning to look up. The cuts from the botched surgery had become so infected that Elyda developed sepsis, a dangerous and widespread inflammation that can cause organ failure.  Normally patients in this condition are moved to an intensive care unit, but the doctors did not think she would survive the four hour move to Guatemala City. Instead, two nights ago she had an emergency surgery. It was risky, and the wait for news seemed forever, but Elyda pulled through. The surgeon had to remove about a foot of infected and perforated intestine, but overall the surgery was a success. Though we couldn’t move her, we were able to bring an ICU doctor to examine her. He told us that the surgeons and doctors who had worked on her over the past few days had done a wonderful job of righting the wrongs of the first surgery. Last night she finally showed some signs of improvement for the first time in almost a week.

She’s not out of the woods yet — her sepsis puts her at high risk for acute respiratory distress syndrome, and doctors are monitoring her lung condition carefully — but this is certainly the best news we’ve received so far!

Thank you so much to everyone who donated to Elyda. The donations helped make sure that cost would not determine the quality of care that Elyda would receive, which made a world of difference in this case. We still have our fingers crossed for Elyda, but will update again as soon as there is more news to share.


  1. My heart goes out to Elyda. I will keep her in my thoughts and prayers.

    Thank you for the update.

    Eileen Smith

  2. Makes whining about the United States’ health care “crisis” seem kind of petty, doesn’t it?

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