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Video of Cecile Murray and Baby Joe

CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO Dachshund Saves 79-year-old Woman Steve Simon January 29, 2009 “Baby Joe” is relaxed this week. The dachshund isn’t in the mood for a toy bone or walk outside. She has been staying close to her owner perhaps because a pit bull got dangerously close a few days ago “If i would have let her she would have chewed my leg off,” says Cecile Murray. Murray is in a wheel chair now. Her leg has 15 stitches and her hand is bandaged up. She thinks an encounter with a neighbor’s pit bull could have been worse if not for “Baby Joe”. The incident happened Friday after Murray was getting mail in front of her Conroe home on Lakeview Drive. That’s when the pit bull jumped on her. “It was all jagged, she bit me twice and held on, ” Murray says. Murray says the pit bull held on until Baby Joe held her ground and made a move. “She helped me because she just kept jumping and growling at the other dog.” That gave Murray enough time to get away and run into her house. The pit bull is now in quarantine at the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. From http://www.39online.com/pages/landing/?blockID=198485&feedID=155

Subaortic Stenosis and Ben Lake


A story about Ben Lake’s heart

3 years ago, Ben had open-heart surgery to remove what is called a subaortic membrane (a few cells in his heart have gone haywire and are multiplying causing a speed bump inside his heart)  which was causing a stenosis or narrowing of the vessel walls that lead to his aortic valve as shown in the middle diagram (with Ben’s first surgery the membrane had encircled the heart wall below the aortic valve and had attached itself to the mitral valve).  The end result of that surgery can be see in the last diagram labeled # 2 (the entire membrane was removed along with a small part of the heart wall in order to remove the heart cells that went wild). We thought we had resolved the issue knowing that there was a small percentage that it could return.  Yesterday we learned that it has begun to grow back and the news is painful to absorb.  The good news is that its growth is slow and it may not require any action at all.  The doctor says that the membrane may suddenly stop growing or it could continue to grow which would require another open-heart surgery.  We are in a holding pattern which will require a visit to the cardiologist in 6 months.   Ben will show no outward symptoms and he will not be limited in anyway because of this.

Here is what we need from you as friends and congregational members . . .  your prayers and your discretion of the matter around our children.  In time Ben will be able to handle more information as we learn about it, but there is no need to create any further stress for Ben or my other children as we begin to understand what exactly we are facing. The simple fact is that we just don’t know what the long term ramifications are going to be.  I promise that as we learn more we will certainly share with you so that we can journey together through this.  I will not be discussing this at church or worship, but privatly please feel free to ask what ever you would like to know.

Pastor Chris and Katherine Lake

Diagrams are from

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Subaortic Stenosis

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Not much to do while we wait for the Doc.

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More to see

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Lots to see

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The view from here is good

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Ben is a great patient during his echo cardiogram.

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In truth I tolerate this place. They do good work but I really hate coming here.

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The drive to the airport (Pittsburgh Sky Line)

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Some sort of lock up.. Don’t know more than that.

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Notice the color of his jersy. Did you know the Steelers are playing today? Me neither….

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Lunch after worship

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More Lunch in Bakersville

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Worship in Bakersville, PA

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The chefs. They are good. Very good.

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