It’s now been a week since my contractions began in earnest and we started preparing for Hannah’s arrival. It has been a surprise to see some of the support God has provided us.
One of those supports are the Leites. Mike and Emily and their kids are another Moore College family, as Mike is currently in fourth year.
At the end of last year at the same ultrasound practice they received a similar antenatal congenital heart disease diagnosis to us for their third child and were transferred to the same obstetrician and high risk midwife here at Westmead.
Their daughter Evelyn was born hours before Hannah last Tuesday morning and after birth her diagnosis of Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA) was confirmed. That’s where the pulmonary artery and the aorta are connected to the wrong sides of the heart. It requires an “Arterial Switch Operation” to correct the circulation. This is open heart surgery where the baby’s heart is put on cardiac bypass.
When Gus arrived at the Grace Centre with Hannah very early last Wednesday morning he asked if Evelyn was in the ward, only to find she was in the next bed over! And on Thursday morning Evelyn was operated on directly before Hannah by the same cardiothoracic surgeon. They also have the same cardiologist.
The uniqueness of our sharing our experience with others that we know is not lost on me. It is lovely to see their familiar faces around, to be able to pray for them and Evelyn, and chat in our new NICU language. I wouldn’t wish this experience on any other family, but it has been a great blessing from God to us, and I hope to them too. Seeing their trust in God during such a stressful time has been a great encouragement to Gus and I.
Our two families now have a very special bond, and I hope that Hannah and Evelyn grow up as friends who spent their first weeks of life overcoming great obstacles together.
Please pray for Evelyn, Mike and Emily and give thanks for Evelyn’s progress so far. Evelyn has been moved to the cardiac recovery ward and is doing well. She’s expected to be here for another week recovering.
Please also give thanks for God’s kindness to all of us, and pray that we and the Leite’s would continue to trust in his goodness and sovereignty.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer,
my God, my mountain where I seek refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised. – Psalm 18:2-3a