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Services for Carli



Memorial Service

2pm Without Walls International Church



Durham NC


7pm Hudson Funeral Home



Durham NC


2pm Evangel Assembly of God


Card and condolences can be mailed to 
Templo Betel 
6001 S Main Ave. 
Tampa Fl 33611 
Attention: Carli's Care
Our home address
3629 W Palmetto St
Tampa Fl, 33607




Our soul
waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in Him, Because we have trusted in His holy name. Let Your mercy, O LORD, be upon us, Just as we hope in You. (Psalms 33:20-22)


Carli Nicole Slack

Carli was hospitalized at St.Joseph's Children's Hospital in Tampa, Florida on July 19, 2008 and was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia(ALL) on July 22, 2008.  Since then Carli has not been outside of hospital care. The following is a rough summary of some of the events she has been through.  

 Although Carli responded well to the initial chemotherapy treatments, she quickly developed complications starting with two episodes of seizures and later a perforated bowel. Rushed to the operating room and we were told in what would be the first many times that she would not survive. Carli lost most of her bowel and has since suffered from multiple infections. Later Carli's weakened body was aggressively attack by a fungal disease Mucormycosis, (usually simply called Mucor).  Mucor attacked stomach, gastro- intestinal tract and other organs. During this battle Carli's life was again hanging on by thread.


We did not understand the nature of this disease and were horribly surprised when in September 08 Carli had a sudden onset of bleeding. Literally gushing blood, she was this time rushed to the emergency interventional radiologist where the doctors learned she had pseudo aneurysm present on her external iliac artery from her right leg. What that means is the mucor ate a hole in a major artery. Over twenty units of blood product and a plug in her artery to stop the blood flow, again Carli miraculously survives.  

The mucor progressed into her organs and pneumonia began to fill her lungs. We were told multiple times Carli was passing away and her body was shutting down. When Carli was at the point of death, her body did a complete turn. None of the doctors have an explanation. You can read the Blog updates to get a better idea past of what we were going through.

The road continued to be rocky, but Carli appeared to finally start making slow progress. Then after 11 months in St Joseph Hospital, (9 of them in the intensive care unit), and after multiple reports meeting to prepare ourselves and our family for her demise, Carli appeared to be improving. In April 09 we were brought to another big decision. Test indicated she still had mucor in her right hip. The right kidney was also damaged causing recurrent urinary tract infection. In June 09 Carli was transfer to Tampa general Hospital for a surgery to remove the fungal mass and repair the bowel, removing the kidney if needed.

The surgeon found her condition to be much worse than he expected. The fungal mass removed, but repairing her bowel was not possible. In addition he was unable remove her kidney as he had planned. Due to her multiple surgeries, her kidney had eroded into veins and artery. She would likely bleed to death if it was removed. And finally, they were simply unable to even close Carli’s stomach. Once more the doctors attempted to prepare us for her eminent death. Again the advise of some was to make arrangement for Hospice care so Carli could did quietly at home. We disagreed.

Carli remained in the intensive care unit for over a year.  Her life staying dangerously on edge.  Many infections. Many episodes of difficult to control bleeding. She regularly required many units of IV fluids, blood transfusions, platelets, and FFP (blood clotting agent). 
She was not expected to live. At a couple of points we were even counseled to prepare for her impending death. Yet in January of 2010 Carli again began to show significant improvement and was finally transfer to the regular unit. She continued to have episodes of infection and bleeding requiring her to again be taken to the intensive care unit, but usually after 2 or 3 days she was able to return to the regular unit.

Presently, Carli has remained hospitalized and for over two and a half years. Neither her stomach nor her bowels function. Surgeons have been unable to close her wound since her last surgery on 6/4/09. Carli is still in remission of cancer and free of the mucor.  On the beginning of December 2010 Carli suffer a bilateral femur head fractures which causing a lot pain on her hip, knees, and legs. On 1/4/11 Carli was transfer to Nebraska Medical Center to be evaluated for surgery either to repair her bowel or undergo a bowel transplant.

We are grateful for your faithful prayers and involvement. We request that you please continue to lift Carli and our family up in prayer. Our prayer is for God continue to give her and our family spiritual, physical and emotional strength. That He would give wisdom and guidance to the medical team in Nebraska.
We Pray God will complete the good work He has started in her.
We have seen God’s power multiple times and we continue to believe in God for his healing power. He is still the God of Hope and Mercy.

For a more recent update on Carli’s status go to the page "Carli's Weekly updates."

For financial support to the family check can be mailed to thier family church: 

Templo Betel 
6001 S Main Ave. 
Tampa Fl 33611 
Attention: Carli's Care
Our home address
3629 W Palmetto St
Tampa Fl, 33607



The last comments on this page:
Comment posted by ニコロビン エロ( http://nico-robin.lion-voice.info/ ), 11/15/2012, 1:07 am:

Comment posted by cyndi( mrsshivers2001yahoo.com ), 06/23/2012, 9:39 am:
I`m so sorry for your loss. I read about Carli in the St. Pete times October 30, 2008. I cut the article out and put it in my bible in Psalms. I decided to look at her page today when I was going through my bible. I will continue to keep that article where it has been for the past few years. R.I.P. Carli

Comment posted by Jeinie( jeiniediazyahoo.com ), 02/09/2012, 1:06 pm:
And the lord let me see thru carli that he is faithful im so amazed

Comment posted by Lyn Wells( lewellsverizon.net ), 02/16/2011, 12:16 am:
Edith, I met you when my grandson was hospitalized at TGH and we spoke about the difficulties we were both facing with Medicaid for my grandson and your daughter Carli. I am glad you were able to get her the surgery and so sorry she passed, but from our conversation, I know you are strong and wanted what was best for Carli. she is in God's loving arms now, and as He did through those tough times before, He will give you comfort and peace now. I will keep your family in my prayers. Rest easy in the knowledge that you did everything you could and Carli was blessed to have such loving parents.

Comment posted by The Walters Family( dougcallywaltersearthlink.net ), 02/15/2011, 7:05 pm:
Our heart breaks for you all as you both grieve the passing of your beautiful daughter and celebrate her being with the Father in Heaven knowing she has been made whole again. Anything we can do just call us please. Praying for you! Doug & Cally Walters

Comment posted by The Ramos Family( juliaramos08yahoo.com ), 02/15/2011, 5:52 pm:
Our thoughts and prayers go to you and your family. I know that there are no words to provide you the comfort on your great loss. I pray that you can find some type of comfort in knowing that she is no longer in pain, She is with God and that she is finally at peace. I pray for healing on your hearts and that you know that you are in our prayers, our hearts go out to you and your family. I am truly sorry for the loss of your precious child. God bless

Comment posted by rick, 02/12/2011, 1:30 pm:
It is written that the body is the temple of the living God and the Kingdom of Heaven is within. There is no death for the spirit within

Comment posted by rosa diaz( roselenadiazlive.com ), 02/11/2011, 11:27 pm:
familia slack el gozo del senor sea su fortaleza.los estamos esperando nunca olviden que son vasos de honra,estamos con ustedes.german y rosa los amamos

Comment posted by Bernadine( rmurray54frontier.com ), 02/11/2011, 9:10 am:
We're so very sorry to hear of Carli's passing. Your family is in our prayers, we pray God wraps His arms around you all and gives your family peace that passes all understanding.

Comment posted by Tricia Schrecengost( boobie200hotmail.com ), 02/11/2011, 5:59 am:
Kevin and Edith my heart hurts for you and your family. I know the pain to loose a child and I have kept up with Carli's story through it all and have prayed faithfully. See you on Saturday.

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