Today we had the opportunity to visit Marya and her father after she had her cath this morning. We did not arrive at the hospital until after it was completed, so we saw her after. After talking with nurses and doctors, they were able to tell us that it went well and that she was doing well. We did not get much more information other than she was doing well. We had to be very gentle in visiting with her, because when we would get close we she would begin to cry thinking that we were doctors or nurses. We spent a few minutes speaking and singing softly and playing peek a boo with her. We only got to visit for a little while, because she had to get an x-ray for her chest. After traveling through the hospital to finish a couple more things, we went back up to see Marya, and found that she had changed rooms because she was doing so well.
We ask that you pray for Marya and her father. Pray that Marya continues to have good news and that she heals well, and peace for Marya’s father.
Today Marya and her father were admitted for a diagnostic catheterization scheduled tomorrow. Marya is a such a sweet and talkative toddler and made the long wait today, between tests and a ready hospital bed, pleasant. Her father is patient and is happy to be able to know more about Marya’s heart tomorrow. Please keep them in your prayers as they wait for her catheterization tomorrow.
Last night I had the privilege of meeting Marya and her father (as well as another child, Hani) at the airport as they arrived from Kurdistan. We knew that Marya would most likely need to go to the hospital right away and thankfully the ICU was holding a bed for us. After a quick hello I started checking her vital signs and her oxygen hovered around 75% without any supplemental oxygen. She is also sick with a cold, having a lot of mucus and struggling to clear her lungs. I called the ICU to confirm the bed and her arrival and we were off to the hospital.
The staff was very welcoming and her father, while tired and tearful, remained brave by her side, comforting her amidst the ECG, IV and blood draw, and everything that is scary to a toddler in a hospital.
When we went to check in on her today Marya was recovering from being sedated for a CT of her vessels (CTA) and an echo of her heart. Please pray for her as we wait to hear the full report from the cardiologist tomorrow. Praise God for her safe arrival, the space for her at Sheba, and wisdom of the doctors, both in Kurdistan and at Sheba.