She soon was calm and waited peacefully and patiently. The hours together passed nicely and easily, for me at least. We had a few tasks to help pass the time, like trying to put an analogue clock on her phone. It was a great delight to her when I was able to do this; she is very generous with her compliments.
Khanda’s grandma received quite a lot of phone calls from her family who were asking how the baby was. Occasionally, she shed a few tears with them and declared “Khanda, Khanda” as her heart softened for the baby. The doctor was pleased to tell us after a few hours that Khanda’s surgery had been successful. It was good news and of course grandma was very happy. Khanda is recovering now in the pediatric ICU. We hope that she sleeps and rests and her body adjusts well to the surgery. This will be important in order to prepare for the second “big” surgery next week in which doctors will switch her great arteries. Prayers for God’s covering over this procedure and thanksgiving for today’s.
Khanda is the first child of her parents, and has travelled to Israel in the care of her loving grandma. In Jordan, Jonathan observed Khanda to be crying a lot, and was extremely blue in her fingers and toes. Therefore today we brought her directly from arriving through the Jordan Border, to Sheba hospital. Khanda was received quickly, and taken to an assessment room where the monitor told us her oxygen levels were bouncing between 45-70%. Khanda’s grandma is a lovely lady, lovely to spend the hours with whle waiting for the assessments. She cares for her granddaughter from her heart, but was not overwhelmed with worry, which meant that she could provide the doctors and nurses with the information they were needing about Khanda’s medical history.
We learned that she had a catheterisation in Kurdistan to create a hole in her heart to help oxygenated blood reach her body. The doctors made their assessments and confirmed the d-TGA diagnosis. They suggested that Khanda will likely need a “rapid two-step” procedure whereby they perform a first operation to help the heart grow a little just a few days before they make the big arterial switch surgery. I left Khanda’s grandmother in the ICU. She has also been introduced to the other Kurdish mothers in the hospital also. Thank God that Khanda was able to arrive and already receive excellent care.