User uShare 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.

34° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options


TEMPERATURE LOCATION | 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

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





View featured stories

You may also like

Unsolved Crimes In Sioux Falls

11/23/2015 10:09 PM

If you've ever been a victim of a crime, you expect someone will be arrested and pay a penalty. But you might be surprised at how many times ...

Full Story
Hiding Messages In Plain Sight

11/22/2015 9:58 PM

Podhradsky says encrypted communication channels use custom-built languages for speed and security which eludes investigators.

Full Story | Watch
Pressing On: Mary's Strength

11/20/2015 10:15 PM

Some people are homeless because of the decisions they've made. 51-year-old Mary Skye is not one of those people.

Full Story | Watch
911: On the Clock

11/17/2015 10:18 PM

Dialing for help is as easy as three numbers: 911.  However, as Sioux Falls grows, the process of answering those calls gets a little more compli...

Full Story | Watch
When Help Can't Wait

11/18/2015 10:18 PM

Paramedics Plus earned the approval of the city council this past February and will serve the city for the next five years.  The service works a ...

Full Story | Watch