Dua's Heart Surgery


A Mandarin Melody

Posted on Sun, 12/09/2007 - 00:00 by Lee_Liang_Chian

Dua usually breaks into a most adorable smile every time I call out her name, but not so today.

After the initial post-op medication has worn off, Dua is now more alert and sensitive, so much so that she was protesting against having even the tiny oxygen tubes placed in her nostrils. When Dua squirmed and cried, her mother felt frustrated and decided it was enough, and plucked off the oxygen tubes.

When the nurse noticed what Dua's mother had done, she was very concerned. She insisted that the oxygen tubes must be put back in place, explaining to me that Dua just had her x-ray taken this morning, and although the monitor was showing that Dua's oxygenation level was 100%, it was imperative that she receive a good supply of oxygen through the oxygen tubes.

In response, Dua's mother started to chatter away and since I did not understand a word of what she was saying, I hurried to look for Ahmad's mother who understands some English and could help us interpret the message into Arabic for Dua's mother. After Ahmad's mom helped us to convey the importance of Dua being fitted with the oxygen tubes, the nurse fixed it back in place. While the little girl was struggling to be 'set free', I stroked her head and sang a soothing Mandarin song (about how blessed is the child who is cuddled up in the mother's bosom) and Dua calmed down. Ahem, not bad for someone who seldom speaks Mandarin, much less sings in the language!

Calming A Mother's Fears

Posted on Thu, 12/06/2007 - 00:00 by Jonathan Miles

Today, Dua's mother was worried because Dua hadn't eaten yesterday (the day of her surgery) and today. Once I explained that it's normal for a child not to eat when under sedation, her fears were calmed.

Six Hours in the Operating Room

Posted on Wed, 12/05/2007 - 00:00 by Autumn_Ridley
Dua finally had her surgery today. As I walked into the room to greet all of our patients, I found a very nervous and anxious mother. She told me that Dua was having her surgery this morning and then she began to cry. I told her that she would be alright and she will be out of surgery soon. After visiting with a few of the other patients I decided to go find Dua's mother. She was waiting in the waiting area so I decided to sit with her a while. She told me how nervous she was and that she hoped that Dua would be alright. She began to tell me stories of her other children with medical problems, and I could tell that this young mother has been through a lot with all of her children. She pulled out pictures that one of the volunteers had made for her and began to say how sweet her little girl was and that she will see her soon. After six hours in the operating room I had received word that Dua was doing alright and that she was in ICU. Upon hearing this news Dua's mother began to cry, and we hugged, and she kissed me. She was so happy to hear this news and she told me that all she wanted was to see Dua's face. We walked into ICU and saw her, and her mother said that she knows Dua will be o.k. now because she had seen her daughter's face. As I was leaving I told her that I would be in touch with her. She was so happy and relieved that this day has came and the operation is finally over. Please keep Dua and her mother in your prayers. This is not new for Dua's mother, but she is still nervous and anxious.

Admitted Immediately forSurgery

Posted on Tue, 11/20/2007 - 00:00 by Autumn_Ridley

Dua is such a beautiful 9 month year old. The first time I laid eyes on her I couldn't get over how beautiful, petite and sweet she was. She reminds me a lot of my little friend Ruba. On our Tuesday run this week Dua was admitted right away for surgery. She is now waiting at the hospital for her surgery that will take place next week. As I was visiting her mother last night I was asking how she was feeling and coping with being in the hospital. She reminded me that she has another child that has had several operations so this is not her first time dealing with this. As Dua and her mother wait at the hospital for her operation please keep them in your prayers.

Lovely Eyes Open Again

Posted on Fri, 09/07/2007 - 07:44 by Lee_Liang_Chian

Just two days after her surgery, Dua was looking great again! Her lovely big eyes would follow me (or was it my camera?) when I moved around her bed to capture her from different angles. But it could have been the discomfort she was feeling but unable to express, that Dua was not giving me any of her usual smiles which she would previously flash whenever I called out her name.

Her mother, who was fretting over her a day before, was happy with Dua's speedy recovery, so much so that she left Dua alone for a long while in order to catch up on her sleep--until Dua started to cry for her presence and the nurse asked for her to be called into the ICU. When she came in, Dua's mother was so delighted even to see Doaa being able to cry for her!

It is both gratifying yet humourous whenever the mothers scurry away to get a toy or a comb when they see me turning on my camera... all because these women want to thank their kind donors for their gifts (such as cute toy ducks which blink, like the one Dua has... or a cool warm tobaggan like Ahmad's) as well as for their children to look good on camera!

Dua's mother combed down her darling's fringe for one final picture before I left. Now, can we have a vote -- does Dua look better with or without her fringe combed down?