Dec 18, 2010

Trauma in the Benjamin’s house

I am typing this in a hospital room of the Joseph Mills Burn Center in Augusta, Ga. The past 30 or so hours have been a whirlwind. Athelie completed surgery this morning to treat second degree burns that she suffered in the left side of her face, torso and arm. She suffered the burn yesterday afternoon around 1:45 after pulling down a cup a hot cider that was set on a side table.

Alysia took Athelie to the closest emergency room where they gave her primary care and made arrangements to airlift them in a helicopter to the burn unit in Augusta, Georgia. I was able to make it to the ER just a few minutes before they were airlifted. Athelie’s burns looked pretty bad and I got a little light-headed after hearing the description of procedure that they were going to do. That’s one of the reasons that I didn’t go to that line of profession. Alysia was of course very emotional the whole time I was there.

They arrived in GA around 4:30 while I was still home packing a few things for the three-hour trip down there. I arrived there a little bit before 8 pm. When I arrived to the room, Athelie appeared to be in good spirit, moving all over the place. But she was hyped up on morphine that was administered to her back in Greenville. She had tons of energy and it was hard to keep her off her burns. After wrapping her wounds for the night she was finally able to settle down and went to bed at 10. I was very impressed by the resiliency and strength that she showed. She was very peaceful as they were wrapping her wounds.

She went into surgery this morning to clean up her wound and add an artificial band-aid of pig and cadaver skins to her burns. Her surgery was quick (40 minutes) and she spent most of the day sleeping and recovering. She drank a few ounces of apple juice right after the surgery, but has not taken anything else since then

We’ve been overwhelmingly grateful and humbled from all the support we’ve received from so many people. We had a few visitors drive from the Greenville and Columbia to see Taylee and support us. We are very blessed to be surrounded by such a great clouds of friends, and family members who’ve boldly approach the throne of heaven on our behalf. And that was literally from both ends of the country. We have felt so humbled by so many text, messages, and support our friends and family have just poured out on us.

The doctor’s prognosis is very good. If everything progress as expected we should be released tomorrow. There will be some follow-up visits in the upcoming weeks to monitor her progress and ensure no grafting will be needed. We are in the best burn unit in the world and the largest one in the southeast. The nurses have been very encouraging; they have said that within a few weeks her skin will have grown back without any noticeable scars.

We thank you all for your prayers. Athelie belongs to Father, and we’ve entrusted her to HIM since the day she was born. I am reminded of the meaning of Athelie’s name –God shall be exalted/praise- during this time, and we rest in the knowledge that He is in control and that He is worthy of being praised. Not because of our circumstances, but because of who He is.

We’re halfway there. Here’s how you can continue to pray:

- That Athelie’s continues with her recovery.

- That she’ll be free from infections

- Reduce swollen in her left eyes and no eye complication

- Reduce itchiness on her protective skin.

- Reduce stress level for Alysia (she’s 30 weeks pregnant).

We love you all and will post another update hopefully soon.

Marc, Alysia, Athelie


  1. Poor sweet baby girl!!!!! I'd be a mess if this had happened to Jackson!!! We are praying for all 3 of you! So sad to hear about this.
    Carin & Josh

  2. Marc, So sorry that your little girl is going through this and you and your wife. I wanted to let you know...Mike and I moved from Augusta a couple years ago. Doctors Hospital is where both of us worked. Mike still works for the same company. My point if you need anything at all please let us know. Our church family is still there in Augusta and I know they would help you out. Plus, we have "in's" at the hospital. Please contact us via email or Facebook! We will be praying for all of you!
    Lisa Herman

  3. You are all in our prayers. Praising him for the blessings you've already received and for those you are about too.
    Scott and Haley

  4. I have been in constant prayer for her ever since I heard this news... God WILL take care of this precious baby girl and give you guys strength to endure what lies ahead! We LOVE you guys!!!
    Steve Keyes

  5. Louis and I just heard about Taylee and wanted to send some love to you guys! We are praying! if there is anything we can do to help please let us know.

  6. Praying for you all LOVE YOU SOOOO MUCH!!! Wish I could be there with you. Please tell Tay that Aunt Cory loves her very much!!!

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  8. Hey! It's Joelle! I am praying for you guys! I made sure that I put you guys on my blog so my friends and family are praying for you. Here is the link if you want to check it out!

    In Christ,