Friday, August 14, 2009

Heart Story by Ann Simonton & Sherry Sloan

Sisters Ann & Sherry have been on staff at the tearoom since 2003.
They are a big part of our tea family.

Cristi and Zachary

As many of you know, for the last three years whe have hosted a Gingerbread Tea in December that benefits The Children's Center in downtown Bethany. In addition to the monetary donations we also collect personal hygiene items for the children.

For more information on the center and their services you can visit their website at

Little did we know that our own tea family would be needing The Children's Center facility.

On Monday, May 18th, ten year old Zachary was rushed to the hospital and was diagnosed with meningitis. He was very ill and became unconscious. He remained in ICU for six weeks with little change.

Zachary is the grandson of Sherry Sloan and the great nephew of Ann Simonton. He also is the brother of Candace, one of our hostesses that helps on Saturdays.

On Monday, June 29th, Zachary's family was told he had a muted chromosome (#15) which affected his ability to produce energy. This deficiency seemed to be the reason he couldn't wake up, his body didn't have enough energy. The doctors said that he may never wake-up or if he did wake-up, he could be anywhere from 0 - 100% himself.

On Wednesday, July 1st, Zachary received a trachea and a feeding tube. That evening, following surgery, he opened his eyes, smiled and seemed to know his family.

From that last day forward, he has made progress. He knows his name, his family, his pets and he DEFINITELY KNOWS that OU is #1!

He is currently experiencing rehab where he gets to go to gym, music and classes. He will be soon be going home (he actually got to go home on Tuesday, August 11th).

Many of you have been praying for Zachary and his family. We want to thank you for all of your prayers. We have truly witnessed a miracle!
Thank you God for answered prayers!
For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.
- Jeremiah 29:11

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