Please Pray With Us

Meet Sophia. Is she too cute or what?

Many of you probably recognize the name Kelly Orr from the comments here on Femina . . . and Sophia is one of her seven gorgeous children (and a twin to boot)!

Sophia was born with only one lung. I’m sure you can all imagine what that has meant in her life – and in the lives of her parents. All the doctors, all the hospitals, all the procedures. When she was a baby, the doctors put in an implant to fill the space in her tiny body that usually would be filled by a second lung – to hold everything in place. It’s worked brilliantly, and Sophia is a sweet, cheerful, active, spunky, normal little girl. But as she’s grown, everything is beginning to shift around again and now her airway is twisted . . . meaning that she’s struggling to get air into the one lung that she does have. The opening to her lung, instead of being round, is now just a slit, and it has become incredibly urgent to get the situation remedied immediately.

This is a very unusual condition, and as you can imagine, it requires seeing the top specialists. Sophia and her parents are traveling tomorrow to Cincinnati, and just the fact that they can get in to see the surgeon there is a huge answer to prayer. He will see her on Friday, and they will then decide how to proceed in this obviously urgent situation.

Please pray for little Sophia, for her parents, and for the all the team of doctors and nurses  who will be handling Sophia’s case. If you leave any comments here, Kelly will see them – and I’m sure she will appreciate knowing that there are people praying. And we’ll keep you updated!

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49 thoughts on “Please Pray With Us

  1. What a little cutie! I will be praying for your whole family, especially Sophia, that God will grant wisdom and expert skills to the doctors and peace beyond measure to Sophia and your family!!

  2. Perhaps this prayer will comfort you and your family Kelly.
    It is from the Lutheran Book of Prayer:

    “At Times of illness in the family…

    Almighty God,with whom all things are possible, hear our prayer as we come to you in trouble and distress. You are our hiding place. You are our very present help in trouble. We have no other refuge in an hour like this. Gracious Lord, You can heal. Your grace can restore to health and give us strength to carry on. We know that you are compassionate, for you have sent Your beloved Son Jesus Christ, to suffer the death of the cross in order to redeem us and make us your own. As you did not forsake Him, surely you will not abandon us in this time of great need. As You raised Him from the dead on the third day, so we ask that you would also raise us up with him from this present danger. O Lord, we humble ourselves before you and confess our many sins. We pray, merciful Father, for your grace hour by hour. Forgive us and restore us, for You have made us Your children in Christ. Remove the worries and anxious fears that would crush us. Give us grace to trust in You whose will is wiser than our own, for we have been baptized into the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.” Martin Luther

    I’m sorry I took up so much space, but in a situation like this, I figured any thing is worth it that could possibly bring comfort. And I am a fool and do not know what to pray, so I prayed this.
    God bless you and give you peace Kelly and Sophia and family.

  3. Praying. Sophia and her family are in my prayer notebook. I ask that the Lord continue to shed His favor over them as they speak to surgeons, specialists, and nurses. I pray the Lord brings His clarity and directs every little thing to quickly bring restored breathing and health to Sophia. That the Orr family finds His comfort from the biggest to the littlest, from sun up to sun down. May He replenish their faith every morning and grant them sweet peace each night.

  4. Kelly,

    So sorry to hear that your little gal is in the midst of such a trial. May the Great Physician grant skill and wisdom to the lesser physicians who are treating Sophia, and may He liberally administer the balm of peace to your family’s hearts.

  5. Praying for all involved from here in NH. May God hold you all close and grant wisdom and peace.
    Blessings on the journey~

  6. My husband, myself and our 6 children will be praying for your Sophia and for you as you handle this situation and trust the Lord.

    Peter Jones family in West Virginia

  7. Hope this gets to Kelly –

    Hi! We will pray for sweet Sophia. We live in Cincinnati and would be happy to help in any way we can – a warm homemade meal, place to stay, a ride, or whatever. If you have any other children with you, they’re welcome to play with my little ones. Also, my husband works for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital if he can be of any help. You’re in good hands there! Besides God’s perfect hands of course. Feel free to call. Kat 513-779-9755

  8. Beautiful picture. Praying for you here in Portland. God saved our 3 year old with leukemia and 12 years later he’s growing strong! “Bless the Lord, O my soul, who heals all your diseases”

    God bless you and pour out His strength upon you.

  9. Kelly, we will pray nightly for your family and dear Sophia in our evening prayers. We also live in Cincinnati and have needed the wonderful services at Children’s Hospital more than once. They truly are the best at what they do and the culture there is at once professional and comforting (I would also offer to help out, but my little ones have fevers and sickies now, which is not the sort of help you need!)

    God be with you all and keep you in His care.

  10. On prayer (from Luther in “What Luther Says” pg.1087)- “The Mighty Prayer of a Christian Sigh- A Christian is always praying, whether he is sleeping or waking; for his heart is always praying, and even a little sigh is a great and mighty prayer. For so God says: “For the sighing of the needy now will I arise, saith the Lord” (Ps. 12:5)

  11. We will absolutely be praying for this girl and her family. We are all Christ’s body, thank you for informing us.

    The Simms
    Phoenix, AZ

  12. Having spent a few days in the PICU with my 28 month old this month, we will *definitely* be praying for Sophia! We’ll also be praying that all of your nurses are great (made our experience much easier than it could have been) and that the Lord would comfort Sophia *and* your other children during this time.

  13. Kelly,
    Sophia will be in our prayers. Remember she is in God’s hands, and that is the best place to be. His way is perfect.

    God bless your family!

  14. I am praying for Sophia, her parents, her siblings and her twin!! May the Dr’s have wisdom and speed to deal with this situation!

  15. Praying for little Sophie, for her Mom and Dad, for the doctors, for her siblings and family and for her church family.

  16. We will also pray here in Wenatchee, Kelly. Isn’t it a wonderful privilege to be a part of the body of Christ? Love, prayers, and encouragement – we are so blessed.

  17. Our household will be praying, Kelly. I don’t know you, but I’m still hoping that this momma-to-momma hug will reach you. God be with you.

  18. Kelly, I am a young single gal who lives here in Cincinnati. If there is anything I can do to help– taking other kids for the day while you are here, etc, please let me know.

  19. Oh, I wish I had the perfect thing to say bring some measure of comfort! But we will pray for your family and your precious daughter.

    “I know, whenever I have prayed earnestly, that I have been amply heard, and have obtained more than I prayed for.” Martin Luther

  20. Kelly,
    How special as I scrolled down to check out the lastest on Femina to see Sophia’s picture. I know that beautiful little girl, and that picture captured her so well! Know you are in our prayers daily! We miss you all so very much!
    Love, Ginger

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