The Bartlinski Bunch

" Teresa "

" Teresa "

Teresa "Fang Fang " Bartlinski

Teresa was born on December 25, 2006 in China. She was born with a very complex heart condition. In July 2010, GOD added Teresa to our family through adoption. We have been blessed with 9 wonderful children. Gods grace has woven us together as a family. Upon bringing Teresa home from China we unfortunately learned she not only needed a heart transplant but also a lung transplant. Her doctors feel she would not survive this operation. Please help us to pray for a miracle for Teresa's heart and lungs to be healed. She is a very special little soul who has touched so many lives around the world ...

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tuesday 6/25/13 day 7 ecmo

Today is Teresa's 1/2 year BIRTHDAY !  She is 6 1/2 today !

Last night's event  having to come out of surgery on ECMO  and severe bleeding coming out of everything with an opening, along with last Tuesday, cardiac arrest, Friday's  ECMO circuit cannula cracking, was another time in our life that we would like to forget forever .

Today Teresa is stable at the moment.  Dr. Fuller and her entire surgical team stayed late last night until she felt she was stable enough to leave.  (She ordered them all Chinese food for dinner)  Teresa would have LOVED this (her favorite food).  Dr. Fuller is an amazing surgeon with a tremendously big heart!  We have been so blessed to have her helping Teresa.

Dr. Fuller was able to fix the obstruction in her left atrium.  The problem then became the right ventricle.  It was not happy being on bypass for such a long period of time. Dr. Fuller thinks if the heart can rest a bit it will be able to recover.  The plan is to try and turn down ECMO tomorrow  while doing an ECHO to see how the heart functions  .  If all goes well she should be able to come off soon.

We are so happy that the left atrium obstruction could be repaired.  This should also make the right ventricle very happy .

For one little orphan girl who only wanted a family of her own, I am in awe at what God has done for her in her life.  Not only did HE give her a family, HE has made everyone in the world her family!  The prayers, love and support coming in for Teresa from all over the world is nothing short of another miracle for Teresa.  She is loved by so many.

Happy 1/2 year Birthday Sweet Princess Heart Warrior!


Anonymous said...

REALLY glad to see your update that Teresa is hanging in there. If you look at the blog traffic feed you can see many people checking every few seconds to see how she is doing. Be the boss, Teresa!

Bob D

Tara said...

Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! What a miracle! There are big things to come for Teresa. She is truly an angel!

Sarah said...

Oh, such great news! I'll keep praying for your precious 6 1/2 year old!!!

Anonymous said...

From one heart mom to another..u are so inspiring..
I look forward too ur posts and updates..every post is amazing to me..she is such a brave little girl..thank u for sharing...♥
I have been praying hard..and wish u and teresa and ur family the best!!!
♥Tera...las vegas nevada

Anonymous said...

Happy 1/2 birthday Sweet Teresa. Hang in there little girl. If anyone can pull out of this it will be you. You have more strength and courage than any person I have ever known. Not only do you have the most amazing family by your side but I am certain God is right there with you as well, holding your hand cheering you on to victory.

We love you sooo much. Continued prayers for you and your family.

Linda said...


Lyn said...

Happy 1/2 birthday princess!! Praying for you and your family. I am a mom of a little China heart man. He has been praying for you.
All our love,
The Thomas Family in Georgia
(repaired TGA, VSD in Boston)

KTLgirl said...

LOVE the princess crown AND the crucifix! That sweetie is a true testament to the LOVE and MERCY of Our Lord!

Tom Boblitt said...

My wife and I pray for your family and Teresa. We have a 3 year old daughter from Xinxiang with repaired Tetrology of Fallot last June and she has done so well. We pray your outcome will be the same. It sounds like you have a fantastic team around you and your large family there to comfort you. Hopefully all these newfound friends all over the world can add to that.

Barbara said...

I have been checking all today for an update. Praise God she is stable. May the Lord be with Teresa and all of you today. The world is praying for this sweet baby girl.

Sherri said...

Happy 1/2 Birthday sweet baby girl. I pray for you each and everyday, hoping that little heart of yours works stronger and stronger each day.

Like Mommy said, you are LOVED by the world. God Bless you sweet girl and may God heal you and keep you safe while you heal.

Hugs, prayers and love from,
SW Florida.

Susan Samuelson said...

Happy sweet birthday to a very sweet angel. Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday sweet Teresa, happy birthday to you!! You are so loved by someone in Louisville, KY. Stay strong, Jesus loves you. He is the almighty healer.
Prayers from Louisville, KY. Susan

Michelle said...

Precious girl! She has a huge family now! What an amazing, amazing soul! Love and prayers from Texas!!

Anonymous said...

Stable - what a wonderful word to hear at last! I have 2 daughters from China and have been following this blog constantly, praying, and pulling for Princess Teresa. She is a miracle child!

Greg said...

I cannot stop thinking about and praying for the precious baby! Please know that you guys are not alone in this fight!

Kelli said...

Happy half birthday sweet girl! There will be many more to come- I believe you were destined for greatness- you hav a long full life ahead of you! Be strong princess Teresa!

Anonymous said...

So happy things are going in the right direction finally. This is a special little girl!

Anonymous said...


I came upon this sweet little poem a year ago from another blog I follow and it reminds me so very much of your sweet Teresa, your "Brave Little Soul".

The Brave Little Soul

By: John Alessi

Not too long ago in Heaven there was a little soul who took wonder in observing the world. He especially enjoyed the love he saw there and often expressed this joy with God. One day however the little soul was sad, for on this day he saw suffering in the world. He approached God and sadly asked, "Why do bad things happen; why is there suffering in the world?"

God paused for a moment and replied, "Little soul, do not be sad, for the suffering you see, unlocks the love in people's hearts." The little soul was confused. "What do you mean," he asked. God replied, "Have you not noticed the goodness and love that is the offspring of that suffering? Look at how people come together, drop their differences and show their love and compassion for those who suffer. All their other motivations disappear and they become motivated by love alone."

The little soul began to understand and listened attentively as God continued, "The suffering soul unlocks the love in people's hearts much like the sun and the rain unlock the flower within the seed. I created everyone with endless love in their heart, but unfortunately most people keep it locked up and hardly share it with anyone. They are afraid to let their love shine freely, because they are afraid of being hurt. But a suffering soul unlocks that love. I tell you this - it is the greatest miracle of all. Many souls have bravely chosen to go into the world and suffer - to unlock this love - to create this miracle for the good of all humanity."

Just then the little soul got a wonderful idea and could hardly contain himself. With his wings fluttering, bouncing up and down, the little soul excitedly replied. "I am brave; let me go! I would like to go into the world and suffer so that I can unlock the goodness and love in people's hearts! I want to create that miracle!"

God smiled and said, "You are a brave soul I know, and thus I will grant your request. But even though you are very brave you will not be able to do this alone. I have known since the beginning of time that you would ask for this and so I have carefully selected many souls to care for you on your journey. Those souls will help you create your miracle; however they will also share in your suffering. Two of these souls are most special and will care for you, help you and suffer along with you, far beyond the others. They have already chosen a name for you". God and the brave soul shared a smile, and then embraced.

In parting, God said, "Do not forget little soul that I will be with you always. Although you have agreed to bear the pain, you will do so through my strength. And if the time should come when you feel that you have suffered enough, just say the word, think the thought, and you will be healed." Thus at that moment the brave little soul was born into the world, and through his suffering and God's strength, he unlocked the goodness and love in people's hearts. For so many people dropped their differences and came together to show their love.

Priorities became properly aligned.

People gave from their hearts.

Those that were always too busy found time.

Many began new spiritual journeys, some regained lost faith - many came back to God.

Parents hugged their children tighter.

Friends and family grew closer.

Old friends got together and new friendships were made.

Distant family reunited, and every family spent more time together.

Everyone prayed.

Peace and love reigned.

Lives changed forever.

It was good.

The world was a better place.

The miracle had happened.

God was pleased.

Anonymous said...

Thank you God!

Meishas Mom said...

Happy birthday sweet princess Teresa!!!!...Thank you so much for this update. .I have checked so many times praying for a good update..God bless you all

Jenny R said...

Happy 6 1/2 birthday sweet girl! We are praying for you!!!

Anonymous said...

So happy to hear she is stable. Been checking your blog and praying that she was still with us. You and your family are an inspiration. Will keep praying for all of you! Ellicott City Md

Anonymous said...

Praise God! I am continuing to pray Laura and I'm beginning to recruit more prayer warriors. God is always good, despite the fact that *life* isn't always, we do know that all things work together for good to those that love God that are the called according to His purpose. Thank you for showing such strong faith & continuing to share all that is going on so we can pray with you and rejoice with you as God moves.

Anonymous said...

Praying for your heart to beat strong, Little Teresa!! You are an inspiration to so many people and yours is the good news that we need to hear more about! Continue to hang in there!!

Anonymous said...

Sending prayers from Kentucky. Praying that God will continue to heal precious princess Teresa's heart!

Anonymous said...

Can't stop thinking about you, sweet Teresa. You are a gift and an inspiration! Prayers and hugs for you and your whole family from Central Illinois.

Raelyn said...

Six and a half years old!! Well, happy birthday, little one!! Here's to many, many, many more!! ;-D
I am praying hard and hoping beyond hope that sweet Teresa survives every physical obstacle which life has thrown her way. When she does, you will never forget her battles, I'm afraid. For my parents can both still recall the hell which I put them through.... And I'm pushing 30 in January!! ;)
"Today Teresa is stable at the moment.". Thanks be to God!! Praying that she remain in stable condition!! "Dr. Fuller was able to fix the obstruction in her left atrium.". Praise God!! ;-D
"If the heart can rest a bit it will be able to recover. The plan is to try and turn down ECMO tomorrow while doing an ECHO to see how the heart functions . If all goes well she should be able to come off soon.". I am praying for all of that!! ;)
PS. I love, love, love your Blog background, by the way!! Daisies are my favorite flower!! ;-D

Anonymous said...

So glad this precious girl is doing better and I was happy to see the update! Yes, she has a big family across the country for sure, I am in Las Vegas, and was so touched by your story. I adopted a baby girl and my heart connects.
Please keep the updates coming and I will continue to pray for Theresa!

God Bless,


Anonymous said...

Happy half birthday to a special little girl. Hopefully she will be on the way to a full recovery soon. And, the on to having her ears pierced.

Anonymous said...

Sending prayers from Kentucky. Praying that God will continue to heal precious Princess Teresa's heart!

G-31 Toastmasters said...

Gratitude prayers & ongoing healing prayers from the northeast corner of Rhode Island.

TEG said...

So glad to hear she is stable for now! Happy 1/2 birthday Princess!
Will check back soon and keep praying.

Norma said...

Praying in FL. So glad she is doing better. Praying for that MIRACLE!

suixijiangxi said...

"Love , love kept on growing and filled all our HEARTS!!!!! A precious little girl made our hearts get bigger as we prayed for hers!!!!!! We will continue to pray for Teresa to get stronger!!!
Much love and many blessings,
G Parker, Sullivan and Sutton

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update. Happy Half-birthday, Teresa! (My girls celebrate their halfs as well!) Hoping to hear good news over the next few days. You will all be in our prayers! - Dave S. and family in New York

3 Peanuts said...

I am so glad to hear that things are looking up a bit. We have been [raying for sweet Teresa here in Texas!!!

It Is What It Is said...

Hoping today is restful for her little heart and body and for the family and friends who love her dearly.

Tomorrow is going to be a big day for you, little one, so rest up today.

Pulling for you from CA.

Robin Martin said...

Thank you LORD this little girl is one special princess!
Love to all the pray warriors the family and Teresa you keep bossing your heart!

Will keep praying!

Robin Martin
Lucky mommy to Miss Kailee

Sue Lucas said...

Happy ^6 1/2 "year Birthday Precious Teresa ! You are a beautiful Princess !! You are an Amazing little girl with an Amazing God and an Amazing family that Loves you so much !!Can't wait to see those peirced ears and all the beautiful earrings you will get to wear !All the world loves you little one and they are all praying for you ! You have touched millions of hearts it is safe to say !I know you have touched mine .You are a beautiful little girl who will touch so many more lives !!
Rest well and get well very soon so you can go back to dressing up and singing and being the princess you already are !Love Sue Lucas

Melody Lietzau said...

God is using Theresa to touch people all over the world. he does big things and performs big miracles. Praying for a miracle for this sweet girl.

Anonymous said...

I fell in love with your family when I saw Teresa on the news. She is so blessed to have a family like you guys who love and support each other!! My family turned off the TV once we watched the news and began to pray for Teresa. God is mighty and is the healer to all. May you all feel Gods love and peace at this time. One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Psalms 73:26 // "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." I am going to continue to pray for her heart and that it keeps getting stronger!! She's a fighter! I mean common she wants her ears pierced!!

Rochelle said...

Continuing to pray fervently for your sweet girl!

Anonymous said...

Happy half birthday Teresa! Keep strong princess!

Jen said...

Happy "1/2 Birthday" Sweet Princess! You have shown millions how to FIGHT and to BOSS! Keep up the good fight and BOSS that precious heart of yours!

Today is my daughters, a fellow China sister, "1/2" birthday too!!! She is praying for you too!

Anonymous said...

My daughter adopted from China had her Tetralogy of Fallot repaired by Dr. Fuller. Dr. Fuller was wonderful! You really are in good hands at CHOP. I can never say enough about the team in the CICU. I hope her new heart beats on its own tomorrow. You are in my thoughts daily.

PS - I also slept in the "sleep closet". Not comfortable but close to my daughter at night.

Howie said...

I have never read anything more beautiful. May whatever powers of the Universe that exist see fit to grant Teresa life and strength. May those who care so deeply for her be granted the same. She has a beautiful spirit and is an inspiration to this world. I would gladly give my life if it was necessary to save hers.

Amy said...

Another adoptive mama jumping in the prayer wagon. FIGHT Teresa! You have so many people behind you - you've got this girl!