The long-awaited day

Coworker Kate and I found Sohaib in mostly good spirits when we arrived at the hospital early this morning. And his spirits remained good even as the doctors took him away from his mother into the operating room. He smiled and waved as he was walked away.

Thus began a terribly long wait as Sohaib underwent his Glenn procedure and assorted repairs. His procedure began at 8 in the morning, and he wasn’t finished in his room until about 4:30. This was a difficult time for his mother, waiting without much understanding (and I had no answers to give her either); but we were blessed by the company of another Kurdish mother as well, who sat with us through the day.

But finally the doctor came out and told us that they had accomplished everything they had hoped to in the procedure, including the closing of a hole in the tricuspid valve that we didn’t even know was there! This was a great relief to all of us, but most of all to Sohaib’s mother. The tension she had been storing up all day was rapidly released, and she fell asleep within minutes of joining Sohaib at his bedside.

The next few days will be very important for Sohaib’s recovery. We pray that Sohaib remains stable and his recovery is fast.