10/28/09: Updated

Juliana and Zoe are both in the most critical condition. 24 weeks of gestation is about the youngest a baby can be and potentially survive. Here is their current status:

Juliana: She is stable. Her ventilator settings are low, which means she is breathing well, just needs a little assistance. They were able to start a drug to close her ductus so that her body can more efficiently use her oxygenated blood. The nurses call her a little superstar because of her progress. Despite her progress, she is still categorized in the highest category of critical condition and requires constant adjustment of her medicine.

Zoe: She had a life-threatening event on the morning of the 27th, but the NICU staff were able to stabilize her. She is on an oscillator for breathing and they are trying to rest her body. She has received several blood transfusions and is on different medicines. From the event yesterday, the head ultrasound has shown some serious cranial hemorrhaging. She is getting another ultrasound this morning to check again. She is receiving the maximum amount of care available and is in as precarious a position as one can be.

4:30 PM Update:

Juliana: She continues to be stable. They gave her the 2nd of 3 doses of medicine to close the ductus in her heart. Once the ductus is closed, her body will more easily be oxygenated. They are constantly adjusting her medication to keep her stable.

Zoe: The bleeding in Zoe’s brain has continued. She now has what is considered a grade 4 hemorrhage. If she survives, she will almost certainly be a special needs child to a high degree.

43 thoughts on “10/28/09: Updated

  1. We are praying for little Zoe that God will sustain her. Yeah for Juliana…keep going good girl!

    Love, Alyssa

  2. Jason & Jen,

    My continued thoughts and prayers are with you and your beautiful little girls.

  3. Jason and Jen,

    I am glad to hear that Juliana is doing well. I am continuing to pray for both girls, especially Zoe that she will be able to gain some strength.

    Please let me know if I can do anything!

    Katie Torchia

  4. Jason and Jen,
    You and those amazing babies are in my thoughts and prayers. May Juliana and Zoe get stronger with each passing moment and may God give you all the strength needed to get through this very difficult time. I’m so sorry for the loss of Eden.

  5. Jen and Jason,

    Your precious girls are in our prayers. We uplift you, two, for strength as you go through this trial.

    Love, Cathy

  6. Dear Jen & Jason,

    I love you guys and am continuing to pray for comfort, courage, strength and hope for each of you.


  7. Mr. & Mrs. Payne (can’t kick the name habit!!),

    I am truly sorry to hear of the loss of your precious little girl Eden. I can’t imagine your heartache right now. I pray that the Lord will wrap you in His arms with heavenly comfort and love. I am continuing to pray for your other two girls, especially Zoe. I praise Him, that He has blessed you yet with two beautiful children. I also pray that He will continue to give strengh to you and to them. Hang in there Zoe!

    “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” -Matthew 11:28-30

  8. Friends,

    You’ve been in my constant thoughts and prayers these past few days. I’m so sorry to hear about Eden. May God bless Juliana and Zoe with healing… And may He comfort and give strength to you both.

    Much Love.

  9. Jen & Jason,

    My heart breaks for you with the news of Eden. I can’t imagine the sorrow that you are feeling right now. I also can’t help but think of how Auntie Karen will take such joy in helping you raise her in a perfect world one day soon. You are in my constant thoughts and prayers, as are your precious girls Juliana and Zoe. I pray for their healing, growth and development. I wish I were closer to give you both huge hugs full of love.


  10. Love, love, love you guys! Praying for you constantly.
    “He tends his flock like a shepherd, He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.” Is. 40:11

  11. I can’t wait to meet Eden when Jesus comes. You are so loved and lifted up. Get well–all of you. Love you Jen, Jason, Zoe, and Juliana and all the other Minners and Paynes.


  12. Jen & Jason,

    It is difficult to find words. Please know we are praying for Juliana and Zoe and you.

  13. God has a plan for your family, and just as he’s seen you through so many other trials, he will comfort you through this too. Please know that so very, many people love you and are praying for you. XOXO

  14. We want you to know that you and your family have been in our constant thoughts and prayers. We are very sad to hear about Eden, and we continue to pray for Zoe and Juliana. We also want you to know how much we love you and miss you!

    Brittany and Bobby

  15. We are constantly praying for you and the babies. I am so sorry to hear of Eden’s passing. Heaven will be such a wonderful place.

  16. You all are in our prayers Jason and Jen! Your mom has been writing me emails with updates. I am praying for comfort for you all as you go through this and for protection for those 2 precious little girls.

  17. Dear Payne and Minner family,
    You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May God’s embrace give you courage and comfort.

    Much Love,

  18. Dear Jennifer and Jason:
    My heart goes out to you and the little ones. May God give you all strength to come out on top. He is the performer of miracles. We are praying!

    And if, in His mercy, God lets another of your precious little ones sleep, try to accept it as the best for you.

    God bless you!

    Nancy Vyhmeister

  19. Hey guys, I’m praying for your little family and I’ve asked everybody I know to include you in their prayers as well.

    You’re in my thoughts and prayers,

  20. Jen and Jason, I’m so sorry for your loss. You guys have been and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Love and prayers,


  21. Dear Jen and Jason,

    We love you and are praying that God will give you strength and comfort and hope.

    Cindy and Mark

  22. Jen – Am thinking about and praying a special prayer for you, Jason, and your precious girls. Courage. ~Sasha

  23. Hi Jennifer–

    I am so sad for all you’re going through right now. I know you are holding on to the promise of life eternal. I am praying for you, Jason and your precious babies.

    ~ Rondi

  24. We are thinking about you all & praying constantly for you all. We can’t wait for the day that you will all be reunited with Eden again and the pain will all be gone. Love to you and the girls…and again, PRAYERS, PRAYERS, PRAYERS!

    With Love,

    K.C. & Stephanie Larsen

  25. Mr. and Mrs. Payne,

    I am praying for your family. I pray that God continues to give you the strength to continue to go from day to day. I pray for your beautiful Zoe and Juliana. I pray that Juliana gains more strength with each passing day. For Zoe I pray that she recovers and becomes stable, strong and healthy. Your girls are fighters! Stay strong. We are all here for you!

    With love and prayers,
    p.s. I LOVE their names!!!

  26. I’m working in children’s at the library tonight and thinking about YOUR children. I hope one or two or three of MY children are visiting you just now. Sorry I can’t be there too. Asking for faith and courage in your hearts. . .

  27. Jen and Jason,

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. May God comfort you as only He can. Keep holding on to Him and the hope we have in the resurrection. Stay strong.


  28. Dear Mr. and Mrs. Payne,

    You and your little ones have been in our thoughts and prayers day and night. Not an hour goes by that we are not thinking of you and praying that God will hold you in His arms and fill you with His comfort and strength. How I wish that I were already a nurse so that I could help care for little Zoe and Juliana.

    Still praying,

    Jennifer Calhoun and family

  29. We continue to lift up your family in prayer. May God give you the strength to face each new challenge and peace, as you lay your anxiety and pain on Him.

    Kenny & Bobbie Griffin

  30. my son was born at 26 weeks, 2lbs and had a grade 4 intraventricular hemmorhage, leukomalacia, hydracephalus and much more 29 blood transfusions, brain surgery etc. they said he would never walk talk etc and that we should take him off of life support now he is 2 years old, walks, talks, counts to 20 sings his abcs.. if I would have listened to the doctors instead of god.. I would not have him.. keep the faith and let god work for you

  31. Dear Jen and Jason,

    Some day, very soon you will be holding all three of your little ones in wonderful healthy-made-new bodies. I have some little ones I can hardly wait to hold too. Remember we are family and your pain is our pain,

    Love, Rose

  32. Dear Jason and Jen,
    Our hearts go out to you both. We will keep you and your precious girls in our prayers. Thank God He’s coming soon to take us to a place where there will be no more tears.

    Bart and Melanie

  33. Dear Jennifer & Jason,
    We are so sorry for the loss of your sweet little Eden and for the heavy burden that you are bearing.
    Paul & Jodi

  34. Jen & Jason –
    I am close friends with Nikki Getman, and have a sister who delivered a son at 25 weeks; we spent many a night at Philadelphia Children’s Hospital. I am thinking of you, praying for you, and hoping you find comfort in the love of your friends (and your friend’s friends!) and always remember that God is there for you and your precious daughters.


  35. Jen & Jason,

    We are anxious for the day when Jesus will wipe away all of our tears and you will be reunited with little Eden. We’re also praying for you, Zoe, Juliana and their medical team.

    Scott & Tammi

  36. Jason and Jen,
    Nathan and I are praying for you and your precious babies from over here in Australia. May God give you much strength and peace.

  37. We’re praying for you and your babies daily. May God wrap His arms around you and hold you up during this difficult time.

  38. You are very much in our thoughts, hearts, and prayers. May His gracious Spirit uphold you.

  39. Dear Jennifer and Jason,

    Heaven will be soon! Eden will be placed in your waiting arms. . . You and your family are all in our thoughts and prayers. My students are very much involved in news of your little ones and we are praying for them and for you, as you go through this difficult time. May God sustain you; we know that He loves these tiny ones so much!

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