Chaya Ayala @ 18 months 9-11-19
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18 months ago this week my beautiful and healthy daughter had a near drowning accident in the bath tub before going to bed. It is a traumatic memory to replay that night in my mind each time I recall it. Ever since then lives have never been the same, and each day holds a new challenge.
She has been at home with us since leaving the hospital after nearly 2 months in the pediatric ICU at Cedars Sinai Hospital. Although there are times where she is technically awake during the day, she is still considered to be in a comatose status due to her lack of response and vegetative state. Her body has grown and all of her vital organs are working properly, except for her brain, which has succumb to the damages caused by the injuries that night. I have tried and will continue to try alternative medicines and therapies to help improve her functionality and quality of life, but as of now very little has improved in her overall condition. I will not go into the details of how hard it is to take care of a child in her condition both physically and emotionally; it is something I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy.
I know and can't continue to express our gratitude and appreciation to all the people who have been praying for her since they heard of her plight, and who donated funds to help us manage her care and life during this dreadful time.
I personally have not been able to go back to work since the incident, due to the full scope of care she requires 24 hours, day in and day out, and the lack of nursing care that has been a constant struggle. On any given day I spend anywhere from 8-16 hours a day by her side making sure she gets the care she needs and deserves. This will continue until her condition miraculously improves, or I place her into a rehabilitation center, which would be another heart braking and huge step to endure. The good news to share is since the end of last year, she has yet to be readmitted to any hospital thanks to the better care and equipment I have gotten for her which have turned her room into a clinic like setting.
In addition to all the hardships, the funds I had personally raised to help us sustain our family have been exhausted, which makes this a more stressful and difficult daily struggle.
I urge you all to please keep her in your thoughts and prayers, Chaya Ayala bat Tali , and continue to watch your children vigilantly, especially around water and at young ages! The last thing I want to hear is of another tragedy like this happening anywhere in our communities!!
I also ask for those inclined to please click on the link below to give any contribution you can to help us continue to take on this battle with my head high and resolve that is needed. I have no choice but to reach out to our amazing friends, community and Nation to assist us in ensuring we can provide the basic needs until this situation changes. If anyone needs to reach me directly, I can be emailed at or cell phone 310-623-7654.
I hope to share good news on my next update and thank you all very much for taking time to read this and share her story.
May 13th 2019 - One Year Letter
3-13 is my personal 9-11
I have been thinking so much about how to express this day and the last year. Our beautiful angel Liel ( Chaya Ayala now) had her near drowning on this sinister day last year. I hope no parent will ever have a day of infamy that forever changed their lives such as this has changed mine.
It's hard to appreciate the fragility of life so clearly as one does when something forever impacts yours. Life is indeed precious and must be fully appreciated, but it is also something we all too often take for granted. Our health, happiness and day to day activities become so overlooked that we forget how easily your journey can make a destiny of it's own. As I can attest to, nothing in life is a certainty.
The last year had been a nightmare that does not go away, but it has also made me realize how much will power we can have when put to a insurmountable task. Nothing can prepare you for a moment like this, and when it does you have no choice but to get back up, day in and day out. However bad it has been, we all have difficulties and hardships to overcome. The challenges in life come in many shapes and sizes. Unfortunately this is one that has no end in sight.
Our little angel has not and likely will not ever recover from her injuries. Her condition has remained relatively the same since leaving the hospital last May. Every day we have and will continue to try to maintain her stability and improve her situation. The amount of medical knowledge I have gained over this year is mind boggling. Among the many challenges we face, the worst part is the uncertainty of what comes next. How long will this end and what shall I make of this misery to become content with this new reality? I feel like a holocaust survivor who needs to pick up the pieces and persevere, but our war is ongoing. My only option is to see the good that has come of this tragedy; which is how we have united to pray and improve our family lives from her suffering.
With all this comes great responsibilities. How should we move on? How do we endure? Each day is a fight, but we will not give up! I have to take this and turn it into good, to make an impact on others and be a light in this abyss of darkness.
Trying to raise another rambunctious daughter is equally hard. How is she coping? Should I pamper her with all she wants or still put my foot down? In many ways trying to manage these aspects that should be easy are harder than for my sick daughter with whom I have no say in her fate. After all, trying to maintain what I should be able to is what I need to concentrate on most.
I can describe the many intricacies involved but I will spare you the pain. All I wish to offer you is some meaningful and heart felt advice:
Refrain from taking life too seriously and try to balance everything you do.
Appreciate what you have, the bounty when it's there and the famine that allows you to recognize it.
Live with no regrets and take time to savor those times with the ones you care about.
Keep your core values at hand, they will help guide you in times of trouble.
Take time to laugh and cry - your soul will need it.
Gravitate to do good, feel better and inspire those around you.
You learn far more about what life is about and who your real friends are when you are down and out.
With all this said, I can not end without thanking so many who have impacted our struggle and allowed us to sustain ourselves over this year. For all the donors who gave their time, money and prayers, we are very grateful and fortunate to have you in our lives!! The community has gone above and beyond to help us sustain ourselves and I have no idea what this year would have become without all your support!! To all the organizations who facilitated goods, had events and assisted in making an impact for our princess, I thank you immensely!
Our saga will continue, and it will not be easy, but knowing we have each other to help and encourage one another makes a major boost to our spirits and endurance.
May we only share in good news to follow, and continue to empower one another towards greatness!
Live, laugh and love.
December 12 2018 Update
Thank you all for your continued prayers and support!! The last 6 months have been full of complexities and challenges. She is always in risk of chest infections due to her open airway, and have has over a half dozen of them since we returned to Los Angeles in mid July. She has been hospitalized each time and come home usually within a week. We have bought a hyperbaric oxygen chamber to treat her at home, which we continue to do whenever she is healthy enough to do so. She sees a handful of specialists, and usually has 3-4 doctor visits a week. This, along with the always difficulty of having nursing care does not leave us any time to do anything else but look after her and our older precious daughter Zohar. We hope and pray her situation will improve as we seek to do all we can to try and wake her out of her coma.
APRIL 26 2018 UPDATE
Chaya needs to be transported to special children's unit in a hospital located in New Orleans. She is still connected to a G feeding tube and Trach which allows her to breathe on her own through her throat.
4-24-18 Second Update
Chaya Ayala had a double procedure yesterday to have a "trach" breathing tube and a "G" feeding tube connected to her. Sadly, these are both needed to ensure she can more easily be fed and breathe until her recovery improves to full health B"H.
You can see how they look in the last picture posted. We will be seeking to get her to the best types of treatments available, most of which will be out of state and not covered by any insurance. Our #1 goal is to have our amazing little princess back!! Please continue to pray, give what you can and spread the word.
Thank you so much!!
Yehudah, Tali, Zohar and Chaya Ayala
UPDATE AS OF APRIL 8th:
Thank you all so very much for your outpouring of support and prayers!! The amount of power you all give us is immeasurable!
We ask that you continue to pray for her and also take on a special task on her behalf. The task is to simply take time to Thank G-d for anything and everything happening in your life.
The good, the bad, the encouraging and sad. Please take time out of your day or night to be thankful, and as time goes by you will be able to do this more easily, longer, and it will also bring about good changes in you and your families as well! Please do this in honor of the full recovery of Chaya Ayala bat Tali so we can all soon rejoice as her miracle becomes complete with a full recovery.
Thank you all SO MUCH !!
Yehudah Younessian & family