Our Story

On November 4, 2019, our family was blessed with a beautiful baby girl named Ava Jaymes Stemhagen--Jaymes because her daddy is a fan of basketball superstar LeBron James. Ava was born with pulmonary valve atresia with intact ventricular septum, a rare congenital heart defect. Because her little heart could not pump blood to the lungs adequately, she had to have open-heart surgery just days after her birth. Doctors surgically implanted...

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Ava Jaymes Stemhagen

Moses Lake, WA

Transplant Type: Heart

Transplant Status: Transplanted

Goal: $50,000.00

Raised: $18,739 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 74 contributors


Numbers showing less signs of rejection :) – January 26, 2021


Ava Jaymes rocked her heart cath, heart biopsy, balloon procedure, bronchoscopy, g/j conversion, and her EKG. Her heart numbers have improved and are showing less signs of rejection!... Continue Reading »

After two weeks of isolation… – January 22, 2021


After Ava’s one inconclusive covid test, we had two weeks of isolation. It was the worst and most consistently stressful two weeks! I still can’t believe it. I... Continue Reading »

Winter 20/21


Inconclusive COVID-19 test – January 5, 2021


If it’s not one thing it’s another with this Ava Jaymes. Her covid test came back inconclusive. She has no symptoms and hasn’t been around anyone that has... Continue Reading »

Getting closer – December 30, 2020


Ava Jaymes got kicked out of the hospital again.  She is still using her nasogastric tube (NG-tube) for feeding while her big gastrostomy tube (G-tube) heals.  She will... Continue Reading »

G-tube/feeding tube – December 28, 2020


Ava’s doctors got her in early to have her gastrostomy tube (G-tube) placed.   She will be admitted today at around 1pm and surgery at 3pm.  If everything goes... Continue Reading »

Sleep/breathing issues – December 14, 2020


Talked to Ava Jaymes doctor from the sleep clinic this morning. They wanted to reach out to us sooner then later about Ava’s breathing issues, she is having... Continue Reading »

Fall 2020


Sleep study – December 3, 2020


Ava had a sleep study last night. She is still mad at me. So today there will be lots of snuggles and apologies. -Stephanie- Continue Reading »