It was the first time any of us had seen Roman since he had had the surgery to switch his great arteries. From the first impression, it seemed that his mother was in a great mood. She happily chatted with Mateen’s mother, who was so kind and welcoming to her. It is also clear that Wareen’s father has been helpful to her, as he is able to translate from Kurdish to English. I am always happy to see the families supporting each other during their time here.
However, as we got more information from the staff at the hospital, it became apparent that Roman is still in need of the work of the Holy Spirit in his body to heal him.
The staff had attempted to extubate him over the weekend, but this was unsuccessful. An ultrasound had revealed that the left side of his diaphragm is not working properly, and so they needed to intubate him again and wait for the diaphragm to heal. Today they plan to attempt to extubate again, after he is properly awake from his sedation and so we have to hope and pray for success at this time.
We know that God has been faithful to Roman to bring him here, despite the situation starting to look hopeless on many occasions. Please keep Roman in your prayers, and remember to whom your intercession rises:
“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord , The Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:28-31