Baby Ava Update

December 28, 2011
Baby Ava

Update Dec. 28, 2011
According to family members, baby Ava had an MRI on Tuesday, Dec. 27 at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the results of the MRI were mostly inconclusive. “So while we did not get positive news the family is still very hopeful and praying to get some good news in the next 2-4 weeks. Baby Ava’s parents ask that everyone please continue to pray for Ava as she fights to try and recover,” said Lisa DelRicco, Ava’s aunt.

Once again, the family would like to thank everyone for their support. ”We are humbled by the generosity both monetarily and through prayer.” For those that would like to make a donation, you can make them through please use the following as your donation recipient: or

Please keep the prayers coming!


Praying for a Christmas Miracle
An 18-month old baby continues to fight for her life at Johns Hopkins Trauma Center in Baltimore after she was left critically injured following a car wreck in Ocean City, Md. on Dec. 16. The 18-month old girl known as baby Ava, is the niece of Lusby resident Lisa DelRicco. The family is asking for all the prayers and well wishes there are for a Christmas miracle that would allow for baby Ava to make a full recovery.

Last Friday, Ava and her mother were in their vehicle sitting at a red traffic light at 142nd Street along Coastal Highway, when they were struck by a full size pickup truck travelling at a high rate of speed. The driver of the pickup truck was later found to have PCP inside his truck. Emergency crews transported baby Ava from the scene by medevac to Peninsula Regional Medical Center, where she was stabilized, but then later flown to Johns Hopkins where she remains in a medically induced coma.

Friends of the infant’s family have set up a bank account to help with the family’s medical expenses. An account has been set up at Community Bank of Tri-County. Donations can be made payable to: Casey St. John- Baby Ava Fundraiser,  Mailed to: Baby Ava- Vera’s Beach Club, 1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby Md., 20657 — at Vera’s Beach Club.

Vera’s General Manager Casey St. John has purchased a Christmas Tree in Baby Ava’s name is will be making custom, hand- made ornaments to adorn the tree, available for purchase for $5. Other fundraisers are in the works such as a Polar Plunge planned for February.

Family and friends could use all the prayer chains, well wishes and donations there are to go around during this difficult time.

SM News Net is in touch with the family and will continue to follow baby Ava’s recovery.

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99 Responses to Baby Ava Update

  1. cora sorber on December 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Prayers sent for the full recovery of little Ava – she is an innocent victim struck by a careless, selfish adult.

    • Anonymous on December 21, 2011 at 8:18 am

      This just breaks my heart in a million pieces. My thoughts and prayer are certainly with this little angel and her family.She is so precious.

    • Anonymous on December 21, 2011 at 10:18 am

      Many prayers for baby Ava and family!!!!

    • Melissa Sterling on December 21, 2011 at 10:53 am

      I will be praying for a miracle for your family. God bless you in your time of need.

      • Anonymous on December 22, 2011 at 9:51 pm

        My family will be praying for a miracle for this family.

    • lauren on December 21, 2011 at 11:26 am

      so sorry to hear this. it breaks my heart to see a precious lil one like this. my thoughts and prayers are with this babygirl and her family….please dear lord watch over this precious baby as her and her family need you at this time.

    • jazz on December 21, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      My aunts friend baby. Baby ava i hope you okay mommy is with you now you okay stay strong

    • Anonymous on December 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm

      sending prayers for Ava

    • Jewell Franklin on December 21, 2011 at 7:28 pm

      God Bless Ava and her family as well. Praying she I’ll come outta this OK. Just stay strong and keep fighting little one.

    • Richard & Joyce Baker on December 21, 2011 at 7:50 pm

      Our hearts and prayers go out to this family. We pray daily for this child to be ok,and come out a heathly child. Our hearts are sad for this to have happened,especially to a little child. We pray God will look out for Baby Ava.
      God bless you,and please know we are praying for you all.

    • Deborah Russell on December 21, 2011 at 10:44 pm

      Ava is in our prayers!

    • tim on December 21, 2011 at 11:22 pm

      Prayers coming from Oregon, God has the angels wrapping their wings around this little child. Prayers help our family through a tragic time. Please pass this on or share on your facebook. This family needs all of us to hold them up in prayer.

    • Oleta on December 22, 2011 at 6:53 am

      When I read this story, it brought me to tears. What a beautiful baby girl. My heart and prayers go out to the family. I will pray everyday for Ava to give you your Miracle Christmas Wish. God bless you all.

    • Ryan Elzey on December 22, 2011 at 7:42 am

      Thoughts and prays go out to baby ava and her family. May the lord be with you to comfort you in times of need

    • Anonymous on December 22, 2011 at 8:11 am

      My family and I will pray for a speedy recovery for this sweet baby. I can’t imagine what her parents are going through.

    • Jillian on December 23, 2011 at 1:21 am

      Prayers for Ava…stay strong and feel God’s hand in your family’s life.

    • taylor on January 1, 2012 at 11:09 am

      i will love to be there for you hun but atleast im praying <3

  2. Anonymous on December 20, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Prayers for this baby girl and her family. I hope this baby girl makes a full recovery.

  3. Robin Amig on December 20, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Drugs, Alcohol, Cell Phones or just plain ignorance , WTF!!!It can take a split second to alter not only your own life but the lives of many others ! Think people think before you get in your car or on your bike and start that engine!
    Praying for a Christmas Miracle I am so deeply sorry you and your family are going through this, you are in my prayers! Lord please take care of this precious innocent baby girl and her mom!Watch over her Lord Jesus and take care of those who caused this horrible accident and hold them responsible for their actions!

    • christina on December 23, 2011 at 1:16 pm

      Yes and because of his stupidity this little girls christmas is ruined! Makes me sooo mad and sad at the same time. Its ok though because God knows what this person did, he’s sined major.

  4. Cathy on December 20, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    I wik continue to keep her in my prayers for Gods hand to heal her and for God to guide the phyricans. Alsn praying a quick recovery. In Jesus name. Anen

  5. Judy Testerman on December 20, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Praying GOD will touch and heal this precious little angel. So tired of drunks and addicts getting on the road and hurting others. It MUST be stopped!!!!!

  6. kristine on December 20, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Thinking of you all with love and hoping that people will think about Ava and her family when they are driving and pay attention to what they are doing. “Receive my peace, it is my continual gift to you… sit quietly in my presence, trusting me in every area of your life… when you trust me in a given area, you release that problem or person into my care…” From: Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

  7. Leslie Ellis on December 20, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    May God be with you all at this terrible time. I am praying for a Christmas Miracle for baby Ava! Keep the Faith!

  8. cwilson on December 20, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    May the hands of Jesus be placed upon this precious child. Prayer is a powerful tool. I will place this beautiful baby in my prayers and in my heart,peace and love shall surround Baby Ava and her family..

  9. Lola on December 20, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Dear God you are a great and loving God, please let baby Ava have a full recovery and may the family stay strong! God bless you all Amen

  10. amanda on December 20, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    I can’t help but to cry I am mother of three and my heart nd prayers go out to u nd ur family may god give you your special gift for Christmas and may he heal your baby girl

  11. Heather on December 20, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Praying that little Ava makes a full recovery. People need to stop being so selfish and think of the innocent lives they can affect when they get behind the wheel under the influence of drugs or alcohol. God Bless Ava and her family.

  12. Angie Wilkins on December 20, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Baby Ava and her family have the prayers of my family. May God restore all health to it’s original position and may this beautiful child go forward to do each and every thing God has laid out for her to do!!!

    • Joyce on December 22, 2011 at 10:11 am

      I agree with you, in Jesus mighty name. Ahem

  13. Alberta on December 21, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Sending prays to Baby Ava and her family.

  14. Jessica on December 21, 2011 at 8:19 am

    So heart breaking. Praying for Baby Ava…may God protect you and heal you little one…you will be in my constant thoughts and prayers!

  15. Treva Cales on December 21, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Praying for a Christmas miracle for little Ava. God Bless you

  16. Anonymous on December 21, 2011 at 10:52 am

    I wish you a full recovery baby Ava. You didn’t deserve for this to happen to you and shouldn’t be suffering from ones ignorance. You and your family will be in our prayers.

  17. Katelyn on December 21, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Praying for baby Ava and her family may God be with you all and especially by Ava’s side and help her to make a full recovery

  18. Anonymous on December 21, 2011 at 11:20 am

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Baby Ava and her family.

  19. Mary Pat on December 21, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Please Dear God let baby Ava and her Mom live on to share a full and blessed life together

  20. amanda on December 21, 2011 at 11:47 am

    may the Lord be with you lil ava and u will definately be in my prayers and for the family i pray tht u get ur Christmas miracle

  21. Nicole on December 21, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Prayers for you, Baby Ava and your family. May God restore you to full health, sweet child.

  22. D Tarr on December 21, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Praying for Baby Ava and her family in this difficult time. May God comfort and hold you. Amen

  23. Angela on December 21, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    I am so heart broken by this ever since I read about it I’ve been looking and asking for updates on this little girl! Shi hope and pray she makes it through she shouldn’t have to be fighting for her life but because of some idiotic she is! I don’t understand why people do the things they do life is so precious and so many people take it for granted!

  24. Anonymous on December 21, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    My prayers are with this little angel and your family!

  25. Genesis on December 21, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. I truly believe in the power of prayer and will continue to pray for baby Ava. Praying for your Christmas miracle.

    Heavenly Father, watch with us over your child Ava and grant that she may be restored to that perfect health which it is yours alone to give. Relieve her pain, guard her from all danger, restore to her your gifts of gladness and strength, and raise her up to a life of service to you.
    Through Jesus Christ our Lord.


  26. Joan Beach on December 21, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    My heart goes out to you and your family! I am praying for a Christmas Miracle for Ava!! God bless you all and may the Lord hold little Ava in the palm of his hands! Blessings to all who have helped in some way!!

  27. Anonymous on December 21, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    I was at the scene when this adorable baby girl was finally rescued from the vehicle. Words cannot describe how I felt as a mother of two myself, to see this. I have been waiting to hear how she is doing as the memory of the accident haunts me daily. I pray that Baby Ava gets well soon. God Bless you all.

  28. Muriel Frink/Fred Schaefermeyer on December 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Our deep prayers will go continuously until we learn of Baby Ava’s recovery, at least to go home with her family and friends.,Jesus does still perform miracles,IF We Believe in Him who gives us our life. Peace Hope and Love to all. M/F

  29. Jessica on December 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    My thoughts and prayers for Ava and her family. Dear God please wrap your arms around Ava and her family to be with them now in this time of need. I pray for Ava’s miracle.

  30. Anonymous on December 21, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Will be praying for baby Ava each day

  31. Anonymous on December 21, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I’m sending my prayers and love to her and her family

  32. Anonymous on December 21, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Please Lord….heal this precious one…..

  33. DelRicco Benefit Fund on December 21, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    For those of you who have been asking about how to help support the DelRicco family. An account as been set-up through PayPal to accept donations. Although the DelRicco family has asked for nothing other than prayers, this account has been set-up to help try and alleviate some of the financial burden they may feel. Donations are also being accepted by any PNC Bank (SUPPORTING BABY AVA ACCOUNT) or George DelRicco c/o Ron Delricco at 8108 Croom Station Road, Upper Marlboro, Md 20772

    • jodi on December 21, 2011 at 7:40 pm

      Sending prayers for Ava and her family. May God’s mighty hands keep her safe and give her a Christmas miracle to echo His love all around
      <3 <3 <3 In Jesus name, AMEN

  34. MeganV on December 21, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with this beautiful little girl. It’s a shame that someone made a choice that severely affected the life of someone who had just began theirs.

  35. carol on December 21, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Prayers are coming your way with angels watching over baby ava. I pray that she will be ok and make it through this rough time. May god watch over her as she slowly is healing and suffering and fighting for her life.

  36. angie on December 21, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Lord, please surround this family with your love and healing power. Please know that Ava and her family are on our church’s prayer chain. Will be looking for His miracle!

  37. Skinner Family on December 21, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Dear Lord, please lay your hands on this precious baby girl and her family. Show us your strength.

  38. Linda on December 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    please like “Pray for Ava” on Facebook – we have started this Facebook page in Ocean City where the accident happened and the citizens of Ocean City are all praying for her recovery.

  39. Debbie on December 21, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    May GOD look over Eva his precious Angel, and give her and her family the strength to pull thru. With GOD’S help and love and our prayers may Eva recover fully.

  40. Betty on December 21, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Pray to Father Foley for a miracle….

    Prayer for the Canonization of Father Theodore Foley, C.P.
    Lord Jesus Christ, you called Father Theodore Foley to follow you as a Passionist Priest even to Calvary’s heights. Through you Immaculate and Sorrowful Mother, you taught him obedience to your Father’s will and the fulfillmentof your Commandment of loving God and neighbor. Let the loving inspiration of your servant move us to live a more profound life of virtue. We humbly ask that you glorify your servant Father Theodore Foley according to the designs of your holy will. Through his intercession, we ask you to grant the request I now present (mention your request). Through Christ our Lord, Amen. (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be to the Father).

  41. Heather Collier & Kevin McKinney on December 21, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Thoughts and prayers, hugs and kisses, that your little miracle makes it thru all of this a much stronger baby girl. We are praying for her speedy recovery. ~The McKinney Family~

  42. Judith Howard on December 21, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    This story brought me to tears! Why do the children have to be the ones who suffer? I had my son at the age of 44 and thank God everyday for him. I am keeping this precious child and her family in my prayers. Dear Lord, if you ever wanted to grant someone a miracle, this is the time to do so. May you heal this precious child and allow her to live a long and prosperous life! Please bless this family and give them all the love and support they need at this difficult time. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

  43. kimberly on December 21, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Lord Jesus I lift up this precious baby to You. Heavenly Father you allowed this precious child life. Heal this baby, Lord. You are doctors of all doctors. I ask that you extend Your Almighty Powerful Right Hand over this child and heal her/him Lord. Work a wonderous miracle in this family’s life Lord so that they may testify of your love and mercy. I pray that you give the mom strength, comfort her soul Lord. Place a peace in her heart. Touch her heart Lord so that she may place all of her trust in You. In Jesus Most Holy Precious Name I pray. Amen

  44. Brian on December 21, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    My prayers for this lovely girl. The SOB in the pickup should be put to death.

  45. Laura on December 21, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    I pray for Ava and her family, my heart goes out to them. May God be with them now.

  46. Cassie on December 21, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    I will make all my Christmas wishes to be for her recovery and I’ll be sending positive thoughts to her family. Unfortunately I cannot send a donation but I will share this story on my FB page to show support. God Bless

  47. Michele on December 21, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    You have thoughts and prayers coming in from the whole Eastern Shore!

  48. Anonymous on December 21, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Dear Heavenly father I ask you to Hold this Baby ava In the Palm Of your Hand of your hand & I Pray for a full Recovery & For Her Healing for her if it be thy will in Jesus Name Amem & Amen

  49. Anonymous on December 21, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Heavenly Father I Pray for this Precious Child Ava father That you Heal Her if it be thy will in jesus Precious name amen & amen

  50. Lori on December 21, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    This story broke my heart. Prayers will forever be with this little girl and her family. May God watch over her and help her make a full recovery.

  51. Anonymous on December 21, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    May God bless baby Ava and her family! And god please help Ava with a speedy recovery and take away her pain until her body and soul is healed. Please stay with her and let her know that her family and many others are here to help her when we can.

  52. Pat Shew on December 21, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Prayers for this beautiful child. She will have a long way to go thanks to a very selfish adult with no respect for other people or the law. May he spend every day of his life thinking about what he did. God be with you beautiful child.

  53. A.O on December 21, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Ever since I heard of this accident I’ve been heartbroken. My thoughts and prayers are constantly with this family every time I get a moment during the day I pray for Ava and her parents. I can’t imagine what any of them are going through right now but I know Jesus heals. I will continue praying fervently for this little angel.
    Lord Jesus, Please heal this baby girl!!!!!

  54. Carey on December 21, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    As it is written, God says, oh ye have faith and thy will be healed. Lord I believe you gave this beautiful little girl Ava life 4 a great purpose and nothing will change that. This child is already healed by you as I feel it in my soul, her outer body must still recover but her strength and your love has given her the chance to survive this tragedy and your love and strength will give her the ability to heal and be strong enough to go home soon. I praise you for protecting this innocent life and thank you for watching over her as she fights to heal her little body. Ava stay strong beautiful! Your gona pull through this baby girl, God and his Angels are right there with you! Continuous prayers

  55. eric morris on December 22, 2011 at 1:08 am

    We are in the process of getting a website developed, but listeners can help out Baby Ava by making donations through PayPal now. Send anything, even a dollar, to Here is a link to the Facebook page for now.

  56. Willa on December 22, 2011 at 1:55 am

    I will pray for Baby Ava and her family. I believe in the power of prayer. My own daughter was in a near fatal accident 10 days before Christmas many years ago and I believe all the prayers are what saved her and healed her body. God bless you & give you the strength that you need during this most difficult time.

  57. Kari on December 22, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Can someone email me with the families address? I’d love to send her a bow that I’ll make special for her. Prayers for her.

  58. Lindsay on December 22, 2011 at 10:26 am

    I pray that this beautiful little girl, who is one of God’s gifts, makes a full and blessed recovery. My family’s prayers and support are with Ava and her family during this difficut time.

  59. Jackie on December 22, 2011 at 11:51 am

    God – we ask for healing hands for Baby Ava and pray her doctors have more knowledge then they even knew they posessed to heal this child. Let every touch be a healing touch. Please continue to also look over the family that they may feel some peace through all of this. Lord – it is your presence and your miracles we ask for today as you see fit and we thank you Lord for all you are already doing with this family your your angel Baby Ava. Continued prayers will lift her and her family and remember, miracles happen everyday. No matter how small or big, just watch for them and pray for them to continue.

  60. Christmas Wish on December 22, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    You are in our thoughts and prayers, Baby Ava.

  61. Anonymous on December 22, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    St. John DeMatha, pray for Baby Ava.

  62. Liesa and Michael Wilburn on December 22, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Lord Jesus, we ask for your healing mercies on this precious baby and her family..that you protect and give strength to them during this horrible ordeal! Lord, only you know what to do and how to comfort this family…lifting up the power of prayer to you father! All for your glory Lord Jesus!!

  63. Tammie Mathias & family on December 22, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    We have prayed continuously for this special family since this happened. We know Jesus can give baby Ava the healing miracle she needs. We ask for God’s loving healing and to deliver a miracle for this family.

  64. anonymous on December 22, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    I drove past the scene of the accident not long after it happened. You have been in my prayers since that moment and will continue to be in my prayers. Please keep us all updated on her condtion.

  65. Paula on December 22, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    My prayers go to the Father that healing will come rapidly to little Ava through Jesus Christ and that the family will br given peace of mind and will put their trust in Him that He will intercede.

  66. Marinette dacumos on December 23, 2011 at 4:26 am

    We will include baby Ava in our daily masses,novenas and rosary prayers for her full recovery. We will also pray for all the medical professionals n her families for continuing faith in the Lord and strength n courage to save Ava. God n his angels n saints be with you Ava…..Mary (Philippines)

  67. Joe F. on December 23, 2011 at 8:44 am

    In the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ, there will be no death, and there will be a full recovery! For the Lord Himself will give a sign. Baby Ava will come out of the coma on Christmas day.

  68. Devendra on December 23, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I pray to god. Plzzzz do the miracle for little angle eva & as soon possible healing of this little injured baby. God bless little eva nd his family. (India)

  69. Joe on December 23, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I will keep ava and family in my prayers we have to turn it over to god!

  70. Nancy Sheeks on December 23, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    What a terrible thing to happen to such a beautiful little girl. Will be praying for her and her family…I know this has to be heart wrenching for them. God is still in the miracle business so everyone keep the prayers going.

  71. Crystal S on December 24, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    This is very sad……..I am keeping Ava and her family in my prayers.

  72. Crystal S on December 25, 2011 at 12:00 am

    This is very sad…….just the picture alone was enough to bring tears to my eyes….I am keeping Ava and her family in my prayers………I have 2 kids of my own n I don’t think I could even handle a situation like this. I am very sorry that this beautiful baby is fighting for her life during the holidays n will be praying she makes a full recovery..

  73. Floss on December 26, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    My heart goes out to George and Ann Marie and the entire family we’ll keep baby Eva in our prayers for a strong and healthy recovery so she can join us at the pool next summer (swann cove resident and neighbor)

  74. Floss on December 26, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    I hope with all my heart they keep this skum ball off the road for good if he would have been punished before with dui and drugs PCP baby Eva wouldn’t be where she is.Get him off the streets forever

  75. Anonymous on December 26, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    One of the saddest things I’ve ever read! You have a beautiful baby and I hope she pulls through, I’ve reposted on fb so hopefully the word will get out more… I hope this man lives the rest of his life with an unbearable guilt for what hes done to this poor baby…

  76. Anonymous on December 27, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Praying for this beautiful baby girl.

  77. ginger risher on December 28, 2011 at 7:25 am

    Any updates in Ava?

  78. Brandy on December 28, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Many prayers for baby Ava and her family. May God’s healing hand rest upon this innocent child.

  79. Anonymous on December 29, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Father God, we come humbly in prayer and lay baby Ava at your feet for complete healing. May you wrap your loving arms around the family of this young baby and cover them with your peace and your comfort. You alone are the Ultimate Physician most Gracious God and may it be by your healing hands that rest upon the brow of baby Ava that she makes a full recovery. We come humbly seek your work! By and through your son Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen!

  80. Chris McNelis on December 29, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    We are sending our best vibe.
    Chris and Catherine