By: Cheryl Thurston
Save the Date for Saturday, August 22nd, and save your appetite too. Center Road Baptist Church in Bladenboro, is hosting a Bar-B-Que plate sale for the medical expenses of Eva Pait, from 11:00 AM until… Timbo Carroll will be cooking the Bar-B-Que, and as some of you may already know, he is famous for it. Timbo is a big time competitor in the Bar-B-Que pit. The Bar-B-Que plates are $8.00 each, and will include slaw, baked beans, roll, and dessert. I’m told the Bar-B-Que alone is worth the drive to Bladenboro, but the point of this gathering is to help pay for the surgeries of a very little girl.
On March 2, 2015, Jason and Kimmi Pait received the bittersweet news that their brand new baby girl was alive, but in need of surgery for a congenital heart defect. Kimmi underwent an ultrasound test at 18 weeks into her pregnancy, and the doctors warned her then that her child would suffer some kind of heart defect. What’s a mother to do when she hears such news? Jason and Kimmi decided to have the child, and they immediately began to educate themselves and prepare for what was to come.
Eva Claire Pait was diagnosed with Tricuspid Atresia, and her parents knew that she would require 3 surgeries before she turns 3 years old. See their Facebook page HERE
Definition: By Mayo Clinic Staff
Tricuspid atresia is a heart defect present at birth (congenital) in which one of the valves (tricuspid valve) between two of the heart’s chambers isn’t formed. Instead, there’s solid tissue between the chambers. citation
Eva stayed in the hospital for a month or so, and went home with her parents for Easter. Sadly, she quickly deteriorated and was taken back to the hospital, where doctors operated on her right away. She had her second surgery in mid July at 4 and 1/2 months old, and is still recovering from it. Little Eva is nicknamed, Eva the Diva, because she is such a fighter.
Even with some insurance, the financial burden on the family has been tremendous and will continue, as the next surgery looms on the horizon. The Pait’s live over 3 hours from Duke Hospital’s Pediatric Cardiac Program, where she is receiving her care.
Donations are welcome and can be mailed to the Church address, which is: Center Road Baptist Church, 2484 Center Road, Bladenboro, NC 28320. Please make checks payable to Center Road Baptist Church, and note Eva Pait on the memo line. All donations made this way will be tax deductible. Contact person for advance tickets is Gloria Dove Allen, call 910 863-4582 or 910 872-1905. The event is sponsored by friends and family and coordinated by Gloria Dove Allen.
“The family would like to thank everyone for their prayers for Eva and her family. She is recovering from her 2nd surgery. The family gives God the praise for the skills of the doctors at the Pediatric Cardiac Center at Duke Hospital. Please keep on praying” requested Gloria Allen.