surgery went well!
IS DOING WONDERFULLY, AND CONTINUES TO IMPROVE!!
Click on picture to go to her
Deana & Deven
Age: 4 YEARS OLD
Birthday: Sept 1,
WEB URL: http://babydelaney.tripod.com
1st PRAYER REQUEST: Date:
I received a request
for a little girl named Delaney who was burned critically over 45% of her
body in May 2001, when she pulled a fryer of hot grease onto herself.
She went into the hosp, and was given only a small chance to even live.
But, God had other plans for this little girl!
She has healed wonderfully,
and exceeded all the initial expectations had for her..
You can read all
of her story at:
Please continue to
pray for her, that she will continue to heal, and that she will be a mighty
witness to the power of God to heal, and of His great love for us.
Below are just a few of the email updates from
the last 9 months about Delaney. You can go to her website above
to read all of the information about her.
God bless each of
you for your prayer,
10-26-05 11:29:50 (EDT)
Delaney is playing
soccer and having a blast with it. She will also be able to start T-ball
this next season. She is a wonderful and beautiful little girl and
we thank GOD everyday that she is still with us.
Just wanted to let
you know and tell you thank you for all your work on keeping up the updates
on her. I know people that still wonder are happy to see that updates are
still being done!!
Thank you all for
Delaney had another
surgery on her hand last week...
Delaney just got out
of surgery at 4. She went in around 1, I believe. The doc said her
fingers are definitely longer now. and the extra skin was removed from
the inside of the elbow, so she should be able to bend her arm straight
Just to give you
an idea of how her left hand look, a child at the baseball field thought
her hand was a baseball glove, because it was so undefined. Delaney also
was frightened for the first time now that she is older. She told Deana
that she liked her hand and arm just the way it was, and she was afraid
that "the doctor would make a mistake"! That 4 year old is way too smart!!!!
Thank you for your prayers,
they truly carried us. Delaney should not have to have any more surgeries
for awhile now.
Thank you again for your
continued prayers and support!
Delaney is growing
up and becoming a lovely young lady.. She is such a sweet girl and
has a tender, yet strong personality. I know she will be able to
handle whatever life throws her way.
Can you please post
new pics of her - I still get at least one email a week asking about her.
Thank you and God Bless!!
Thanks for letting
people know how Laney is doing.
She is doing very
well. She's a little social bug at school. We have had a couple
of situations where she said her hand was ugly and she didn't want it anymore.
When I explain that it is a part of who she is and it will never go away
she cries because she thought when she got older it would disappear.
I'm sure we are going to go through many more situations like that as time
She will be having
surgery this summer on her left hand to get rid of the webbing between
her fingers and a skin release on her right arm. They did tell me
last visit that later on they will be able to take her toenails and implant
them on her fingers that are partially amputated so she can have nails.
I thought that was pretty interesting.
Anyways we are all
doing great, Clayton and Caitlyn are about to start ball and we are all
looking forward to that.
I haven't written
in awhile because Delaney has been doing great! She will need more
surgery later on, but at this time - she's just enjoying being a kid.
My aunt sent me a
cute email last week - A boy at school asked Delaney about her scars and
where did they come from. Her answer - "BUGS!".. He didn't
say anything else! She has quite an imagination on her.
Last Christmas -
we were all together and she and my uncle were "comparing" their scars.
He had heart surgery the xmas before - and she's got the scars on her chest
from being burned. It was very cute watching the two of them pulling
up their shirts with no disregard or inhibitions.
Just wanted to let
you know that she's still out there and still going strong!
I just want to report
she came through it fine. The surgeons did two Z's on her arm to
let it grow, as there was a large accumulation of scar tissue. Deana
has to take her back in two weeks to get the stitches out, this will
be on her 3rd birthday. Delaney woke up, drank some sprite and then
asked for some chicken! She is such a trooper, thank you for your
Thank you all for
your thoughts and prayers!
I haven't contacted
you in awhile, but that was because Delaney has been doing so well.
She is having surgery
(TODAY), can you please keep her in your prayers. Her mother is still upset
and blames herself for Delaney's injuries, so we are praying to relieve
her guilt as well.
From Delaney's grandmother -
Please lift up our
little Delaney. She is having surgery on Thursday to remove scar tissue
on her arm at Shriners in Galveston, TX. The doc said since her skin was
so soft, they wouldn't have to do plastic surgery. Even so, my daughter-in-law
is heaping tons of guilt on herself. I tried to console her, but I don't
know if I got through. This is also very difficult on the older two. She
will need more surgery on her hand, her little breast and under both arms.
Thank you so much for your prayers!
As always, we thank you for everything you
do and for your continued thoughts and prayers.
I got an update from
her grandmother and I wanted to share with you…
Miss Delaney is doing
so well, Shriner's doesn't want to see her for 6 months. They were very
concerned about how she uses her badly scarred hand, and she can unscrew
anything she chooses. The scars are all mature now and the one that was
fairly raised on her leg is almost flat, due to Deana massaging it so much.
She is without an appeite right now, and she can't afford to lose the weight,
so they told Deana to get instant breakfast and add powdered milk to her
food. I wish someone would tell me I need to put on weight! Ha! When the
doctors finished examining, she politely asked, "are we done now?" She
is such a miracle and we are so thankful we have the pleasure of watching
her grow up. She is also fully potty trained, she did that on her own,
and off the bottle(that took a little coaxing). Thank you God and Parkland
Hospital Burn Unit!
We are truly blessed
that she has recovered from an almost-death experience…
As always, I want
to thank you for your continued prayers and wishes for Delaney.
Delaney is doing
so well. Her grandmother asked me to send these pictures to
you in case you want to add to your website. (Click on the picture
above to go to photo page) She is truly a beautiful child!
Thanks for everything,
We are in grateful awe of the healing Abba
Father has done in her little life. She is one spunky little 2 year old
now. She will be having further surgery in December or January at Shriners
in Galveston. The surgery will be on her arm and hand as there is heavy
scarring they have to remove. Please accept our humble thanks for your
prayers, they DID make a difference and still are! Praise God for His grace
and healing love!
Karen Parrish (Delaney's Grandmother)
From Delaney's Mom.... please include
Delaney in your prayers today.
Thanks and God Bless! Dawn
I just wanted to
let ya'll know how the Shriners visit went. Before this last visit
the docs said she was doing so well that after this last visit she probably
wouldn't have to go back again until 6 months instead of three. Well
that is what I was expecting to hear this last visit and it wasn't.
Delaney has been waking up at nights crying so bad and it will go on for
1-2 hrs. Of coarse she can't tell me what's wrong but I can tell
by the crying she is frustrated and something is hurting because she will
try to go back to sleep and wake back up screaming. I told the docs about
it and they looked her over. The scar on her right arm above her
elbow is so thick that even with all the rubbing and massaging I'm doing
just doesn't seem to be helping. As well as the scar on her left
arm. When she extends her thumb to the palm of her hand there is
a thick scar that pops up all the way down her forearm. It's pretty
thick as well. They said even though she has full range of motion
in both areas, she needs to go ahead and have surgery to remove the thick
scars. When he told me that I just blurted out no! not yet, let me
work a little more on it. I just can't handle the thought of another
surgery on her little body. All I can think is that's more scars
and more pain. They told me I have three more months to work on it
and if it's not better than they will do surgery. I know there are
going to be scars that is impossible to get down just by message, but there
is also that little thought in the back of your mind saying she's going
to be different, we're going to get them ALL down and stretched out without
surgery. It doesn't look that way thugh. If everyone would
please pray that maybe I could get one area down enough that it will not
need surgery, it would be greatly appreciated. We go back to Shriners
Nov.20th. Otherwise she doing great! She turns 2yrs. old on
Sunday, Sept.1. That's really hard to believe.
She's so precious
and such a joy!
Thanks again for
everyones thoughts and prayers,
I wanted to share
a few pictures w/you all.. The first one is Delaney's family - Mom
(Deanna), Dad (Devon), sister (Caitlyn), and brother (Clayton).
(Click HERE for pictures)
The second one of
Delaney by herself. She continues to do well. She got 4 caps
put on her teeth and when she woke up from the anesthesia, she sat straight
up and knew something was different in her mouth. With that she pulled
her lip up and announced to the people in the room, "teeth". She then saw
her IV which was still in and pronounced "OUT"! She has taken
to showing them to everyone, strangers included.. whether they want
to see them or not!
Thank you all for
your continued thoughts and prayers. I'm continually asked how she
is doing, and that makes me feel so good that you all continue to think
Just to let everyone
know, Delaney is doing very well! Here is a new picture of her with
her Sister Caitlyn, Brother Clayton, and Uncle Adam (click
to see pictures).
She will have more
surgery later, but not until her scars have fully healed. Her mother is
still under a heavy load of guilt - her name is Deanna. Would you please
pray for her.
Bless each of you ,
From Delaney's mom - my cousin's wife:
- - - - -
Just wanted to let
everyone know how Delaney is doing. She is walking and into
everything, she has turned into a very strong willed little girl.
Totally different than the other two. She is a little bundle of joy.
Her scars are starting to heal, there are some areas that are still
pretty thick and red but the doctors at Shriners said when we go back in
three months they should be almost healed. They really give us so
much hope for our darling. We actually look forward to her visits.
There is so much they already have planned to do for her. As soon
as the scars are healed (not red) they will be able to go in and remove
the thick ones. One of the nipples still have not come through.
They said something is there, either a breast bud or the nipple.
If it is the bud and the nipple is gone they said they will be able to
tattoo an areola on and put a nipple on. You won't be able to tell
the difference. They said the thickness of the fingers and the amputated
ones will slinder down to almost normal. The coloring of the grafted
areas are pretty much the normal color of her skin. You can still tell
she's been burned, but if you see her from a distance it's not the first
thing you see. She is still itching a lot. We try just about
everything but sometimes it does no good. That does get hard.
Shriners did tell us on our last visit (Feb.12) that she doesn't have to
wear her pressure garments anymore. They said it is just so hard
on her because she hates them so much and I'll be able to massage her so
much more that we could do without. We were really happy to hear
that. She would cry when I put it on and I'd still cry putting it
on. Things will start getting better now, I know they will.
I again want to thank
everyone for continuing the prayers and cards for her. I keep them
all in a big box. I can't wait for her to understand how many people
were praying for her. She now tells everyone hi! wherever we go.
It's really cute. Also if she's wearing a shirt that she can lift
up, she will flash you. We can't get out of the stores without her
flashing someone and then of coarse I have to explain what happened to
them. I definitely don't discourage her from doing that. She's acts
like she's proud of her boo boos and wants to show them off. Her
sister and brother are doing really well. They still talk about the
day it happened, but you can tell they're forgetting little bits at a time.
They love to explain to other kids about what happened and what Shriners
are going to do for their little sister. They go into such detail
explaining, that the little kids look at them like why did I even ask?
It's pretty neat. I just let them> say whatever their little hearts
desire. Well I'll update again soon.
Thanks for wanting
to be kept updated on her. If anyone doesn't want to be sent these
letters please let me know. I just send the e-mail to everyone on
our list from when we were at the hospital. Thanks again.
Love, The Parrish Family
- - - - -
I also want to say a special thanks to everyone
who continues to ask me about her. She is such a special child, and
is definitely well loved. Thank you for all for your continued support.
Great news! Delaney
has been preapproved by Shriners Hospital. There is a Shriners Hospital
in Austin, and they will drive out to Lampasas and pick Delaney up for
her therapy, or will pay gas for Deana to drive her into Austin. We are
hoping that she will fully approved by September 7 when her next surgery
on her hand is scheduled. She has been wearing a cast on her left arm and
not only is the arm incredibly straight, but the cast is smoothing out
the burned areas! There is also a lotion called Demarkable made by Beauty
Control that is causing the scarring to smooth out and return to normal
color faster than anything they have used so far. Deana and Deven should
be moving into their house in the next two weeks. God has truly worked
miracles through this family and again, we can't say enough...... thank
you for your prayers, and may God bless each of you to
From my Aunt - Delaney's Grandmother:
- - -
Delaney continues to go to physical therapy 5 days a week. This puts
Deana on the road 4-6 hours a day. Her hand is the big area of concern
right now as it changes almost within a 24 hour period. They are
trying to prevent it from curling up into a fist. She is adjusting
to her body suit a little, but would rather not be messed with at all.
One prayer request would be that she would start sleeping through the night,
as she has not since the accident. That makes for a tired Mom and
Also pray that their
house will be completed soon. Deven is building it himself - evenings
and weekends, after working 50+ hours each day. Deven is exhausted
for your prayers and love, God is on His throne and doing His
work as onlyl as He can.
- - -
FYI - My cousin and his wife had sold their
house last year and had planned on renting an apt or small house.
They had bought property in the country and set to work building their
own home. Deven had planned on getting the outside finished, moving
in, and then completing after that. A very dear friend of there's
offered to let them move in with her, her husband, and three kids.
So they did - with Deven/Deanna/3 kids of their own - sharing one room.
Then, Delaney's accident
happened... and this set them back on their schedule to finish their
own home. During the early stages - when Delaney was first in the
hospital - several friends/family members/church members/etc. went out
on weekends to work on the house while Deven and Deanna were in Dallas.
Well, they still have a few helping, but as understandable, most have had
to go back to their own lives/schedules. So, Deven is trying to get
finished on his own, with help from his Dad too. Deven and Deanna
want SO much to be in their own home again. They really feel that
this will help their entire family, to establish roots once again.
So, if you can -
please say a prayer for them. They have been hit with alot of trying
times all at once. They are very strong - physically as well as religiously,
and I know that they will make it through everything with flying colors.
Bless you all!
This is from Delaney's
Grandmother.... they could use our prayers for continued healing for Delaney,
as well as patience, strength, and guidance for the family during these
- - - -
We spent the week-end with Deven, Deana and the children. Tom worked at
getting their house completed (probably another 3-4 weeks) and I kept Delaney,
while her brother and sister swam at a friends. In an earlier email, I
told you she only had to wear a body suit for her trunk, but they have
now decided to have one that covers her body. Her little fingers on her
left hand have webbed(which they said would probably happen) and they will
do surgery to correct those fingers when she is completely healed. Her
little spirits are so good and she and her grammy had a great time playing
on Saturday. In addition, every time Deana takes off and puts on her body
suit, she cries so hard and when she is through she gives Deana a look
like "how can you do this to me?" This is killing Deana when your baby
looks at you like that even though you know you have to do it. I know you
all have prayed so much, but I am asking for more prayer...... because
it's the only thing that works! Deana is exhausted and totally at the end
of her rope. She has to be on the road 4-6 hours a day, 5 days a week taking
Delaney to physical therapy in Temple. Of course she takes Caitlyn and
Clayton, but as kids will do, that is NOT their favorite thing to do. Deven
is working frantically on getting their house done plus working full time.
We need prayer for strength, endurance and rest for this family. Since
none of us have ever experienced anything like this before, we don't always
no what to expect, and that sometimes throws us a curve. Tom will go back
down this week-end, and that is also a prayer request, that Deven will
have enough people to complete this house so they can be in their own beds!
This is a long tough road, but we know God and the prayers of His people
are what are going to get us all through this. I don't like this being
totally out of control as a parent, but I definitely find it easier just
resting in our Lord. It still was easier though when all we had to do was
give them a bottle, change their diaper and put them to bed! Ha!
Thank you for all of your prayers and we are still coveting those prayers!
God bless you all and we love you dearly! Karen and Tom
- - - - -
With this, I'd also like to enclose a prayer
for each of you as well. Your prayers, thoughts, kind words, have
truly been appreciated.
I ASKED THE LORD TO BLESS YOU.......
I asked the Lord to bless you,
As I prayed for you today,
To guide you and protect you
As you go along your way....
His love is always with you,
His promises are true,
And when we give Him all our cares,
You know He will see us through.
So when the road you're traveling on seems
difficult at best,
Just remember I'm here praying and God will
do the rest.
In His Name, We Pray!
Wanted to give you
all an update on how Delaney is doing. It's truly a miracle!
O.K. I'm going to
try this again. I have written three e-mails and none have gone through
For those of you
that don't know already, Delaney is out of the hospital. She is doing
so well. She was released a week ago this past friday. It was
a real shocker. They took her out of ICU on a wednesday and put her
in the acute care unit and by friday she was released. This past
Thursday we took her to the burn clinic and the doctors just couldn't believe
how she looked. All we can say is it's the work of the LORD no doubt!!!!!
She is smiling, laughing, playing and being as cute as can be. I
know we have told everyone thank you but we can't say it enough.
If it wasn't for all the thoughts, love and prayers I know she wouldn't
have done so well so fast. Caitlyn and Clayton are doing so well
with her. At first Caitlyn wanted to hide Delaney's hand and I told
her we can't do that, we have to let Delaney know it's o.k. and nothing
to be ashamed of. After a while of thinking about it Caitlyn said
"Your right, she's alive and that's all that matters." I was so proud.
Clayton said her hand looked nasty and he wasn't going to touch it.
I told him it's o.k. he didn't have to. A couple of days later he
kissed it and told her he loved her. Now none of it's a big deal
When we do therapy
on it of coarse Delaney screams so they both come into the room and
sing, dance and make silly sounds to her to get her mind off what we're
doing. They are a big help. We are battling the insurance company
about thr right kind of therapy she needs. They don't have a pediatric
burn therapist in the insurance group and want to send her to a plastic
surgeon. Monday and Tuesday we are going to Scott and White to talk
to them more about the insurance and then we will be going back to Tyler
for more therapy there. I really like the therapist there.
Plus we'er able to stay with Deven's parents. His mom is out of school
for the summer and she is loving having the grandkids there. Poor
Delaney has a long road ahead of her. There is going a lot more surgeries
and a lot of therapy, but we'll get through it all just fine.
I'll tell you what,
this has really made Deven and I rethink how we want to live our lives
with our childern. Deven's going to cut down on work hours, if there's
a fair in town we're taking the kids, we're going on vacations, there's
so much we want to change. It's going to be interesting. I'll
let everyone know how this next week goes.
Latest from last night:
Today we've had a
little set back. When they unwrapped the grafted areas the foot, arm and
the palm of her hand looked great, but the top of her hand and the fingers
did not take. The nurse said the skin graft did not stick and it just moves
all around. They will go in and regraft it on friday when they do the chest
and a little on the right arm the doctor said. Also the area that they
took the skin from (donor site) instead of drying like it should her body
is treating it like a second degree burn so they are having to wrap and
apply medication on both of her thighs where they took the skin from. It's
kind of a set back, which we were expecting, but that didn't mean we wanted
it to happen! We are still thinking positive and pray the surgery on friday
goes well. As far as her health they say everything is going great. We
want to thank everyone who has donated blood and apologize if any of you
got the run around at the hospitals or blood centers. You would think they
would make it easier to donate blood for someone.
Deven & Deana
- - -
Please keep Delaney in your prayers....
Date: Tue, 15 May 2001 15:47:34 -0500
She is not out of
the woods yet, but is doing much better. I'm sorry that I haven't
sent an update, but I seem to be really busy at work lately.
She ended up with
3rd degree burns on about 30% of her body - all on the front side.
She did have surgery
last Friday for skin grafting on her left arm, hand, palm, leg, and foot.
Her right side is not going to need any grafting. She has been healing
so quickly - even the doctors are amazed at her progress. We
know why that is - The Lord is watching over her.....
She will need one
more surgery on her chest (which will be done this Friday), and possibly
another on her stomach area, but that second one is still questionable.
She did lose up to
the first knuckle of her pinkie finger on the left hand, and they shaved
the left ring finger on the bottom, but she still has the nail.
I did get to see
her last Saturday. She is such an angel!
Her face will not
be scarred. And all of the splatter spots are healing on her arms
and legs. The main area was her torso - chest/stomach.
We are SO thankful for
all the prayers and thoughts that Delaney has received.. Her family
is truly blessed that considering everything so far, she is really doing
Her mom ended up
with 2nd degree burns on her hands and palms, but they have already healed
as well. She will not need any surgery.
I have a "Delaney
Update" mailing list, if you don't mind me adding you.. I get an
email nightly from Delaney's parents letting me know how her day was.
Please keep her in
your prayers - she has at least 2-3 months of hospital stay left.
p.s. - A friend of the family created a website
for her too - with her picture and daily updates... http://babydelaney.tripod.com/