God is the giver of good gifts.
If nothing else, I’ve learned this today.
Mohammad is in his own private room in the hospital and boards a plane tomorrow to come back home!
Beautiful baby Honya had surgery this morning.
At just 12 pounds, she went into surgery this morning at 10:30.
Her mother watched as she was carried away, doing her best to be strong.
I’ve tried to place myself in the shoes of these moms.
These moms who are hoping for a miracle for their children, their children who are under a death sentence.
These mothers are in a foreign land.
Surrounded by a foreign language and culture.
Sleeping in a room by themselves, many for the first time in their lives.
Putting the care of their dying children into the hands of Turkish doctors and nurses.
The people who they’ve been told are the enemy.
I can’t imagine the uncertainty and fear they must feel.
The enormous amount of helplessness.
My prayer is that during this time, this time of fear, that God would reveal himself to them. And that they would have no choice but to cling to Him.
Honya’s surgery went beautifully.
She is resting now in ICU.
Dr. Cicek is hopeful to extubate her tonight or tomorrow.
Vary also had surgery today.
Hers was the scariest surgery of all.
Upon finding more problems with her heart, the surgery become far more complicated.
The doctors had to cool her body down to 16 degrees Celsius,
drain the blood from her body,
resect a portion of the artery dangerously close to a nerve that could leave Vary with neurological damage,
pump the blood back into her tiny body,
warm her back up
and restart her heart.
The surgery went perfectly.
Not only that. . .
but it was a full correction.
She will not have to have another heart surgery!
Thank you for your prayers.
Thank you beyond words.
But please don’t stop praying for these children.
Though the surgery is over
Though Dr. Cicek has fixed their hearts.
Now it’s their turn.
They have to fight for life.
-In awe of the graciousness of God
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