Today when we came to the ICU we were told that Rimas will have her pacemaker placed. After doing some visits and having Mina’s echo, we stayed with Rimas’ mom for the surgery. She was very patient but also tired. While waiting, she showed us some baby pictures of little Rimas and her family, which was really lovely. From time to time she was praying for her little daughter and we were praying as well.
After hours of waiting we finally got the good news: Rimas’ surgery went well and the pacemaker is working correctly. The doctor is pleased and said that she is stable now, but she will sleep until tomorrow. Then they will see what the next plans are. Please pray for a speedy recovery and healing for Rimas and for strength for her mother.
Yesterday we visited lovely Rimas and her mother in the ICU, and we got some sad news from the psychologist: Rimas has confirmed signs of brain damage following their surgery. Because of this, Rimas is very restless; she has lots of movements in her hands and legs and she is shaking a lot. The neurologist told the mother that Rimas will not be the same as she were before the surgery. Please be praying for them both.
Fortunately, we did receive the good news that the mum doesn’t have scabies! In the end we bought Rimas a pacifier, which calms her down a lot. She drank water from a bottle and she was sitting up. Praise the Lord!
Please continue to pray for this little one as the Lord does his work.
We found Rimas’ mum speaking with Noor’s grandma in the hospital today. She embraced us and lead us to the room where Rimas was in her bed. Rimas was intubated and shaky, with her eyes half open. Her mum pointed us towards her and sat down and cried. It was difficult to see her beautiful little face hidden under the tubes.
Mum showed us the pacemaker which is externally attached over Rimas’ tummy. But the nurse said that at the moment, her heart is working well and so she doesn’t need it, praise God.
Mum left to get some water, and during these few minutes, a team of 3 nurses came and extubated Rimas. As mum came back, her face lit up and she rushed to hug one of the nurses. She is so anxious but happy to see each little step of her daughter’s progress.
Please keep Rimas in your prayers.
Pictured the night before her operation
When we arrived at Sheba hospital Rimas had already been taken back for surgery. We waited for the mom in the waiting room. In a few minutes she came thru the doors, visibly very stressed. We sat with her while she called family members and cried a little. We were able to move to another waiting room so she could lie down. The surgery lasted over 3 hours. When the doctor came out, he said all went well but the VSD repair was a lot larger than they had thought. Talking to the Dr further we found out the although this part of Rimas treatment went well when she is strong enough, probably in a week, she will need a second surgery. During this surgery the Doctors discovered that little Rimas also has a problem with her tricuspid valve, which they can repair in another surgery and an internal pace maker will be required. Little Rimas is in the ICU and still sedated and intubated. Mom is glad to be with her.
Please pray Rimas recovers and gets strong for the next surgery and complete healing.
Rimas had her appointment with the brain specialist.
As you may have noted on her pictures she has a facial paralysis. The cardiologists want to be sure her brain is fine before they do her big heart operation. Thankfully, the doctor said that he doesn’t see any brain damage and they can go ahead with her heart surgery! Thank you, Lord!
There was a long wait for the appointment so Rimas spent some time trying to play the guitar. She still is not used to the car seat but today there was less crying on our way back home.
Now we are waiting for her operation!