User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


50° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

KELOLAND Mother Continues To Walk In Faith

January 8, 2013, 10:05 PM by Sammi Bjelland

KELOLAND Mother Continues To Walk In Faith
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

It was a busy month of December for one little KELOLAND girl.

On December 12, three-year-old Saphira had open heart surgery to close a hole in her heart.  But you wouldn't know that from watching her play.

We first introduced you to Saphira and her mom, Karena Damm, when Karena was given a pair of "Faith" boots from a Mitchell boutique owner.

The boots were a gift to help the young mother get through the upcoming surgery. Now she's watching her daughter recover. 

"I see her more active, if anything.  She gets in more stuff. She's actually talking a lot more now that she doesn't have that hole there. It's been great, really," Karena said.

While the surgery went smoothly overall, Saphira did run into a few roadblocks afterwards.

"The day we were supposed to get discharged, she ended up having some problems with fever, increased heart rate. So we ended up actually staying there a couple days extra for her own safety, to make sure she was OK," Karena said.

Karena has been using social media to keep family and friends updated on Saphira's progress. But it's not just her loved ones who have shown an interest in Saphira's journey. Even complete strangers have been showering the two with love and support.

"Constantly, we had likes and comments on Facebook about Saphira. And how they were praying for her, and hope everything went OK. You know, it's nice knowing that there is that support from everyone. And knowing that they care for her just as much as I do," Karena said.

Saphira is now looking ahead to the future, as she prepares to enroll in a pre pre-school program at the end of the month.

"I just can't believe it myself.  I really didn't think we were going to make it this far with everything that happened. But now that we are here, it's just crazy. I'm excited to get her into school and for her to be around other kids. And start being treated like she is like everyone else," Karena said.

As more time passes, Saphira continues to heal and is growing into someone her mother is proud to be raising.

"Just a happy, get together, caring little girl. I couldn't expect anything better.  I feel very gifted having her as my daughter," Karena said.

Saphira's doctors do not believe she will need to have any more major surgeries for a quite awhile. She will be getting tubes in her ears again for her persistent earaches, but Karena says she's grateful it's nothing more.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





RELATED STORIES


Sponsored
 

View featured stories

You may also like

Family Of Outlaws

5/22/2015 10:14 PM

It’s seen its numbers nearly double recently, from around 100 paying members last spring before the 2014 Men's World Cup, to around 175 payi...

Full Story | Watch
Becoming Known For Hockey

5/25/2015 10:12 PM

New facilities like the Scheels IcePlex and the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center have other cities jealous.

Full Story | Watch
Rapid City Pastor Packs Bible, Gun In Reserve Deputy Work

5/28/2015 10:15 PM

Strong is one of 11 reserve deputies working with 75 full-time deputies in Pennington County.

Full Story | Watch
Hooked On A Healthy Habit

5/24/2015 10:11 PM

Some people will even take advantage of the season change with a run along the trails, or perhaps signing up for races.

Full Story | Watch
Inside KELOLAND: The Housing Market

5/24/2015 3:30 PM

Whether you're looking to buy or sell, we'll let you know what you can expect this summer.

Full Story | Watch


Events