Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Prayers needed for baby Ridge Brogan Cary and family

I know at this point I have few, if any, people that will read this; however, I feel the need to post regardless. This post will have nothing to do with photography and everything to do with the things that are most important in this life.

Last Tuesday morning I received a text message from a dear friend. She let us know that they were at Children's Hospital in Oklahoma City with their 3-month-old son, Ridge. Ridge had been passing some blood in his stool for apprx 6 weeks and they were just now able to see a specialist regarding his condition. The physician they saw that morning informed them that Ridge has "dangerously low" hemoglobin and platelet counts and was to be admitted immediately so he could receive a red blood cell transfusion and a platelet transfusion. Brandon and Alisha, Ridge's mommy and daddy, are as special to my wife and I as any friends we've ever had. Baby Ridge was born only a couple weeks after our little one, Michael, so this hit very close to home for us.

Ridge is now beginning his ninth consecutive day in Children's Hospital. During this time he has received six packed red blood cell transfusions and 3 platelet transfusions(because of the frequency of needed transfusions, this count may no longer be accurate). His counts improve after each transfusion, but begin to immediately decline back to dangerously low levels. A "normal" range for platelet count is apprx 150,000 - 300,000; however, Ridge's platelet count continues to hover in the 15,000 - 19,000 range. His blood loss, both through his stools and through spitting it up, has increased in the last several days. Where the blood being passed had been "old blood" previously(brown in color), it is now fresh new blood(red in color). They haven't let Ridge eat since Monday, in hopes that it would decrease the required blood-flow to his stomach and, in turn, decrease the bleeding within his stomach. Based on the increased new-blood loss, I would imagine this hasn't been successful.

Yesterday(Tuesday 8/4/09) Ridge's doctors diagnosed him with multifocal lymphangioendotheliomatosis with thrombocytopenia, or MLT. The first documented case of this disease was in 2004 and there are, at best count, only fifteen documented cases in the WORLD. There is no know cure for this disease; however, there are a few possible treatments that have worked on some of the children with MLT. The disease, in a short explanation, causes lesions within the body(GI tract, brain, liver, etc...) that cause blood loss and anemia due to that blood loss. As you can only imagine, his mommy and daddy are scared right now. To the best of my limited understanding, the only place in the country to receive treatment for MLT is in Minneapolis, MN.

Due to the near-constant need for blood transfusions and platelet transfusions, the Cary family is requesting anyone that is O-negative, and willing, to donate in Ridge's name. There is a dire need for red blood cell, whole blood and platelet transfusions and will continue to be due to the nature of this disease. Ridge is O-negative blood type, which I believe is very rare(appx 7% of the population). If you are O-negative, your donation could be for any of the needed items(red blood cells, whole blood, platelets); however, if you are AB-positive, O-positive or O-negative you can donate platelets that would be usable by Ridge. ANYONE can donate, regardless of blood type, in Ridge's name and this will provide "credits" for Ridge at the blood bank. If anyone would be willing to donate, I know it would be more appreciated than you will ever be able to comprehend. I am attaching a link to Alisha's(Ridge's mommy) blog so you can get the information needed in order to donate in Ridge's name. I believe that the needed info is very specific, so please take a moment to write that down.

I know that there must be so much I am leaving out and I apologize. As a parent, and friend of this sweet family, my heart breaks at the pain they are feeling right now. Words will never be adequate, but I believe they are very aware at the outpouring of support that is already taking place. I ask that, regardless of your belief system, you would keep Ridge and his family in your hearts, thoughts and prayers as they navigate this difficult season of life.

If there is any info I left out or anything I can do for you, please email me at


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Blogger Bethany Larie said...

praying!!!!!!! Ur a good man chris!!

August 5, 2009 at 10:27 AM  

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