He was the third cath of the day so they started at around two o’clock. At this point, the mother of Darya and Daryan, who was in the process of being discharged, came to the waiting area to sit with Taman’s mum. At one point Neena’s mother came out to talk with her while I stayed with Neena in her room in the ICU.
Georgia and Julio helped to admit Taman yesterday. They informed me that the mother of Taman was quite worried; sometimes you have to read how to approach each individual parent, so going into the day understanding that his mum would prefer company and comfort was very helpful. This means we would know how we could best support her as her baby undergoes the diagnostic cath.
Cindy and Debi, two women from Samaritan’s purse who have been volunteering with us for a few days, and myself, visited his room before the cath to see how they were doing. God’s timing never ceases to put me in awe: within minutes of us being there, a junior doctor came to ask general assessment questions before the cath, and as Taman’s mum speaks only Kurdish, we could phone Julio for translation. As we left the room, both Debi and Cindy remarked how lovely little Taman is; he steals your heart when you meet him.
Taman’s mother did not seem anxious or fidgety at all, but her eyes looked very worried. The cath only lasted about one hour, and then Taman was brought into the secondary ICU into his new room. One of the doctors came out to tell us the good news: his lung pressure was not very high and they will do a full repair surgery tomorrow! Of course it is wonderful that they will do the surgery so soon, but the best part of the news was hearing that Taman’s lung pressure was not high enough to make the surgery life threatening. I’ve become familiar with the term, even learned to dread hearing that a child has high lung pressure, because of the many life-endangering complications it causes. So thanks be to God who has preserved Taman’s life. Because of this we look forward to his operation tomorrow with a strong hope, which we would have had no matter the prognosis because our hope is built on and anchored in Jesus.