Prayers for Hope: An Update on Hope Hudson’s Surgery

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Hope Hudson, the 12-year-old Missouri girl who became a beloved member of the I’ll Have Another family during this year’s Triple Crown, underwent surgery in St. Louis on Wednesday, her 10th operation to deal with symptoms from the rare connective tissue disorder Hajdu-Cheney syndrome.

The Hudson family posted the following message on the CaringBridge website they maintain to keep Hope’s friends updated on her condition:

“Hope is out of surgery, her doctor just came in with a report. She did great; there were some issues at the beginning with getting her intubated but they worked that out. She did have a leak in her dura lining that he took care of and he did some bone work to decompress her brain stem. He did not have to fuse her neck this round so no halo just a collar.


“Thanks again for all your prayers and well wishes. We are so blessed to have such a strong support system.”

Hope came to the Kentucky Derby on a trip made possible by the Make a Wish Foundation and Three Chimneys Farm. Trainer Doug O’Neill and his family and staff embraced the young girl and invited Hope to continue on the Triple Crown trail to the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, where her courageous and positive attitude in dealing with the disease endeared her to the racing public.

Doug O’Neill said he plans to visit Hope in Missouri early next week.

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  • wallyhorse

    So far, so good.  Hopefully, there will be more good news on this soon.

  • wallyhorse

    So far, so good.  Hopefully, there will be more good news on this soon.

  • Dianna

    She is in our prayers!

  • Dianna

    She is in our prayers!

  • Margaret Smith731

    Way to go Hope. God Bless and keep you safe in His healing hands. 

  • Margaret Smith731

    Way to go Hope. God Bless and keep you safe in His healing hands. 

  • Anne

    Such a brave little girl. Hope has touched all of our hearts. More positive results ahead. Prayers and hugs to Hope.

  • Anne

    Such a brave little girl. Hope has touched all of our hearts. More positive results ahead. Prayers and hugs to Hope.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/MyBig-Red/100000980578079 MyBig Red

    By the Grace of God, Miracles still happen :) I will continue to keep Hope and her family in my prayers.

    • Tarheel25430

      Amen!  ‘The Great Physician’ was on the surgical team!   AWESOME11

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/MyBig-Red/100000980578079 MyBig Red

    By the Grace of God, Miracles still happen :) I will continue to keep Hope and her family in my prayers.

  • In tears

    My prayers and wishing the best for this beautiful girl and her brave family

  • In tears

    My prayers and wishing the best for this beautiful girl and her brave family

  • Beachy

    All best wishes and prayers…

  • Beachy

    All best wishes and prayers…

  • Case Clay

    Hope is truly an inspiration. The night before a very serious surgery, she say’s ‘bring it on’. What a great girl – a Champion.

  • Case Clay

    Hope is truly an inspiration. The night before a very serious surgery, she say’s ‘bring it on’. What a great girl – a Champion.

  • http://twitter.com/slewfan Di

    That’s great news! It’s also nice to know that the Doug O’Neill barn has remained close to Hope & her family and will visit her in Missouri. He’s a good man w/a kind heart.

  • http://twitter.com/slewfan Irene

    That’s great news! It’s also nice to know that the Doug O’Neill barn has remained close to Hope & her family and will visit her in Missouri. He’s a good man w/a kind heart.

  • Tarheel25430

    Amen!  ‘The Great Physician’ was on the surgical team!   AWESOME11

  • TBDancer

    God has you in His arms, little one, and is watching over you. Prayers and good thoughts to you and your wonderful family.

  • TBDancer

    God has you in His arms, little one, and is watching over you. Prayers and good thoughts to you and your wonderful family.

  • Carolyn

    Prayers of healing for you, Hope. 

  • Carolyn

    Prayers of healing for you, Hope. 

  • Phoebe:)

    Wonderful news from the CaringBridge site: Hope had a wonderful day!! They have taken out her breathing tube, catheter, and they are preparing to take out some of the IV’s.  She has eaten supper and finally got a collar that fits.  She is one happy little girl! The doctor says we are moving out of the PICU in the morning already. Things are going well for her, and I feel that I have alot of people to thank. With all the continuous prayers going up and all the well wishes how could she not be getting better?  Thank you all so much!

    • Tarheel25430

      THANK YOU, LORD, for continuing to answer our prayers!
      “He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find
      refuge.” (Psalm 91:4)

  • Phoebe:)

    Wonderful news from the CaringBridge site: Hope had a wonderful day!! They have taken out her breathing tube, catheter, and they are preparing to take out some of the IV’s.  She has eaten supper and finally got a collar that fits.  She is one happy little girl! The doctor says we are moving out of the PICU in the morning already. Things are going well for her, and I feel that I have alot of people to thank. With all the continuous prayers going up and all the well wishes how could she not be getting better?  Thank you all so much!

  • Tarheel25430

    THANK YOU, LORD, for continuing to answer our prayers!
    “He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find
    refuge.” (Psalm 91:4)

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