On Sept. 13, 2011 our family was shaken with the devastating news that our then 2 year old daughter Starla had been diagnosed with a rare leukemia in children known as Acute Myeloid Leukemia. We immediately began Induction I of chemotherapy on September 14th.
Starla went into remission during Induction I of chemotherapy, and began another round of chemo on October 27, 2011.
On December 27, 2011 Starla was placed in PICU to have medication because the chemo had caused damage to her heart.
On January 3, 2012 Starla went into cardiac arrest after a seizure, she coded, and after 5 min. of chest compressions she was stable… her heart function had dropped to a deadly 6%. After being placed on ALL of the support medication available at the maximum limit, she was placed in a medically induced coma and on life support. We were told that Starla would not make it…there was nothing more medically that could be done, people just don’t make it after such a low heart failure.
Before we knew it, a small Facebook “prayer page” we started for Starla went from a little over 500 prayer warriors to over 15,000 in a matter of days. Starla’s situation began to change daily.