The Ashworth Family

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    Mitchell Ashworth
    Injury/Illness
    Internal Organ Failure

    Most of us will never know the unique challenges of raising a child with Autism. Tony and Lori Ashworth, however, have become experts at navigating the daily challenges that go along with it. Along with their three other children, they were blessed with Mitchell ("Mitchie") who is autistic.

    Autism became part of their life when Mitchie was diagnosed at 4 years old. It’s a journey that they believe that God put them on for a specific reason. 3 years ago, Lori even started a non-profit for families of special needs children. The goal of the non-profit was to come along side of these families and support them, in prayer, in services, in respite and even helping out several families financially. And now, the Ashworth’s are on the other side of the table needing support!

    Amongst the many challenges that they have faced, Mitchie is beyond picky on what he will eat, no matter all the books that Lori has read and consultations she has been a part of. With oftentimes fresh/raw goat milk being the only “real nutrition” that his parent can get in him. He simply won't let food in and out of his body for the nourishment and physical health he desperately needs.

     

    Mitchie has spent the last three plus weeks at Children's Hospital in Aurora, CO. He has had over 1/4th of his colon removed, and also part of his small intestine removed, spent multiple days in the ICU TWICE, had two surgeries, blood clots, has had Physical Therapy, a wheelchair, an ostomy bag, a “pic line”, a catheter, had vials and vials of blood taken out of his already weak body, has had a tube up his nose, and now a g-feeding tube, and had to sit through an MRI, multiple ultrasounds, multiple EKG’s, multiple blood transfusions and CT scans (take a second to think how challenging these things are for kids without autism and imagine how challenging this has been for Mitchie).

    Unfortunately, although Mitchie has already been in the hospital for over three weeks, realistically he might be only half way through his stay there. Those past three weeks for Tony and Lori have been full of prayers, tears, frustration, questions, feeling inadequate, abandoned, concern about their three other children and their needs (Lori still has not left Mitchie's side in the hospital).

     

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