A nap with an octopus

When I arrived at Jude’s room in the ICU at Hadassah Hospital this morning, his grandpa was eager to welcome me in to show me that Jude is breathing on his own! He came off the ventilator last night and is now just receiving some oxygen support through the nose. At the time of my visit, he was snoring softly and enjoying a nap with his new bright red toy octopus.

Jude’s doctor is very pleased with his progress and says he’s improving even a little better than expected. Now that he’s off the ventilator, they will try to begin feeding him by mouth soon. His grandfather told me that Jude is becoming more and more active and is almost always moving his arms and legs. Jude still has a long road ahead of him, but we’re grateful for this steps in the right direction.