We too at home see the changes in Lia since the surgery. She is brighter and seems more alert and full of energy. She is much chattier, making lots of noises and interacting with more confidence with all of us which is a big joy.
With a big smile on her face, Lia’s mother showed me Lia’s oxygen level which is very good now. The doctors told her that Lia is doing very well, but that it will take some time for Lia to recover from her surgery.
God willing, Lia is recovering step by step. Her mother is a very nice woman. She expressed today how good the doctors are at the hospital and that she is thankful for them. Thank you for your prayers for this cute girl and her lovely mother.
Early this morning, Lia was prepared for her surgery and one of the friendly nurses was washing her. She quite enjoyed this, laughing as it went on. Her lovely mother showed me the picture she took of Lia during this prep.
Afterwards, Lia was taken into surgery. Doctors wanted to close the VSD. When I arrived to the hospital, I joined Lia’s mother for the waiting time. She was praying and concerned for her daughter. She was happy when she saw me there, knowing she was not alone. The waiting time was spent a lot on the phone speaking with relatives whom she knew were also praying for her and of course they wanted to know how Lia was doing.
In between times, Lia’s lovely mother also cried a bit because she was worried. Then the doctor came out to tell us the surgery was going well so far. This update calmed Lia’s mother down a bit. So we continued to wait.
The surgery was quicker than expected. When the doctor came out again to tell us they finished the surgery and everything went as planned, and I explained that to her, she hugged me and was very happy. She was a changed woman. She immediately thanked God by getting down on her knees and praying. It was wonderful to see that she knows to whom she must give thanks.
After the doctor told us the good news of a successful surgery, it took them an additional hour to close her chest and bring her out of surgery. When she was finally rolled out, her mother was very happy to be close to Lia again. They brought her to the ICU on the 6th floor and when we went there, we still had to wait for some time because they were working on stabilizing Lia. For Lia’s mother, that wasn’t a problem at all. She said as long as Lia is good, she didn’t have a problem with waiting.
We were joined by some of our other Kurdish mothers in hospital. They were a pleasant comfort for Lia’s mother as they shared lovely community. Thank you for your prayers for the surgery. Please continue to keep this beautiful girl in your prayers, that she may recover well now.
When I arrived, both were already waiting, the papers were ready, the bags already packed, so we could leave immediately.
The driving was fine, all in all a very quick and smooth discharge. The nurse in the hospital told me that the cath yesterday was fine and that Lia is doing well, thank God! She will have a follow-up in one week, now she‘s staying with her mother in our house in Jaffa.
Thankfully, the sirens did not sound for long, and not too long again after we exited the shelter, Lia was brought out of the cath.
Her mother is doing fine and is familiar with the hospital already, since she has spent some time there. Thank you for your prayers for this precious little girl and for her mother, and the whole family.
We spent the day at the hospital with Lia enduring the full and thorough range of tests. The doctor’s decision was to hospitalize her; although she does not seem in too poor a condition, there are some unanswered questions, or ‘red flags,’ which meant that he was not satisfied to send her home.
Please pray for Lia to recover from her illness, and be healthy enough to continue with her cardiac treatments.
Two year old Lia came to the hospital today. She was scheduled for a cath tomorrow, so this day was to be her admission. After completing all of the pre-procedure tests, the doctor checked her and saw that she had a cough which puts her at risk in the cath, so it will now be at a later date. Her mum was so understanding and good natured about it.