Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Just wanted to give a little update on my visit with Karson today! We needed some good news, and today we got some!

A few days ago, Karson was taken off the ventilator. Many of the doctors and nurses thought it was a bad idea and were pushing Darren and Jody to either give him a tracheotomy and vent him permanently or take him home to pass with his family. 

Thankfully, Darren and Jody are prayerful people and felt like they were making the right decision. With the help of a couple of amazing doctors and nurses, they were able to take him off the vent and get him through the first 48 hours (which are crucial to determining how a patient will do once taken off a ventilator). Again, most of the MD's thought he should just be intubated again, but this little guy is a fighter! 

Karson had remained on his bi-pap constantly (another much less invasive breathing machine) and was unable to keep his stats up when it was taken off, and things were not looking optimistic for the little guy. 

Until today. 

Karson was able to go off his bi-pap for thirty minute increments THREE TIMES TODAY!!!! This is amazing news and a huge step in the right direction. He still has a long way to go before he can come home, but this is HUGE! I am so happy that this also happened to be a day I came in for a visit/photo shoot. He needed some new pics, especially since he is going to be spotlighted at the Real SOCCER GAME this saturday!!!! yipee! 

Thank you blog buddies for all of your kind words and support. The Riggs (and us) have been amazed by the outpoor of kindness by so many people who have never even met them. Jody felt very impressed that Karson was able to come off his vent because of the many people praying for him. So THANK YOU and keep those prayers coming! We are hoping for a few more miracles. =)

Here are a few pics from today. We were pretty limited being in a hospital room and needing to keep K hooked up to his monitors and iv's and all. But I think we got some pretty dang cute ones!  


my FAVORITE. I can not put into words how happy I was to see the little guy with no tubes or anything on his face. It has been MONTHS. I just kept saying how happy I was to see him like this and keeping his stats up like such a good boy! It was amazing to see this after struggling for so long.  I just couldn't get over it. We were all ecstatic!

Karson and Hadley. Gee, do you think they look alike?? 


She is SUCH a sweet and loving big sister. Can you believe the EYES on these two??


All done! Karson was pretty annoyed with us for moving him around and changing his clothes so much (he hasn't even worn clothes in quite a while!). But we got him all comfy and back on his bi-pap. =) I love this shot because it shows him moving his arm a little!


Chelsea said...

Oh that is such good news, and those pictures are PRICELESS! She is lucky to have such a talented friend to capture her beautiful children:) love them all!!!

Marissa Vargason said...

Those are amazing shots especially for being in a hospital setting your work is amazing and how neat for you to be able to capture these amazing images for this family, I would love to find out how to help others going through a struggle as well.

Carly Carlson said...

I'm so glad you got to take these, Jess. Thanks for posting the update on baby Karson! We're praying for him and his family.

Vanessa said...

So I found your blog through Kelle Smith's and you are so talented! You take AMAZING pictures! I saw that you were ALL self taught! I am just in the beginning stages of doing all this and I can only hope to get to were you are!

Thanks for the Inspiration! What you are doing for this sweet little family is priceless! I will remember them in my prayers.

BreAna Palmer said...

those shoots are beautiful. I am so happy he is doing better. Lincoln and I think of him often. Darren and Jodi won't ask for are help so if you know of anything we can do for them please let us know.

Joye said...

Thank you so much for the update on little Karson! I do not know you or the Riggs family (other then what I have been reading on your blog) but I have been praying for Karson and I am very happy to see that he is doing better!! My very best wishes for the Riggs family!

Sunny said...

God is good. All the time. I will keep Karson in my thoughts. Thanks for the info.

Amy said...

i have so enjoyed looking through your blog!

i am open for photo shoots and have a couple of dates open in october.

i would be interested in doing trade if you're up for it.

email me at amyfphotography@mac.com and we can work out the details!!

Kellee Smith said...

What good news. I loved the images, especially #3. I am so glad to hear he is doing better! Hopefully he will keep moving in the right direction!