Friday, July 3, 2015

Tim's Amazing Story

Little Tim (not to be confused with Timothy from New Day North) arrived into our care in March, 2015, just two months old and suffering from serious heart disease.  He was so small and fragile that the doctors wanted to wait to do surgery, but by May he had to be admitted to the hospital because his heart was so unstable and he needed treatment for pneumonia. 

This was not our usual hospital for heart surgeries, but the surgeon strongly recommended that Tim needed surgery immediately because his heart function was deteriorating daily.  We were faced with a decision; to go ahead with surgery, or try to have him transferred to the hospital that we usually use, who were recommending a different approach.  After a long meeting with the surgeon, we decided to go for immediate surgery, so on May 29 he went into the operating room.

Even the journey from the PICU to the operating room was an anxious one, with a long wait for the elevator, the doctor ‘bagging’ Tim to keep him breathing.  Then there was a long wait while the surgery was underway.  The plan had been to avoid open heart surgery, as Tim was considered too weak to survive it, and instead to attempt a minimally invasive surgery.  When they tried to place a patch, the heart wall was too thin for it to hold, so they had to perform open heart surgery after all.

The surgery went well and we had a miracle…Tim was stable.  The doctors did have to leave his chest open for two days because his heart had enlarged too much to close it.  We waited to hear news about his recovery, hoping that there would be no infection.

Three days later he was still on the ventilator and had a lung infection.  The days went by and we kept on hoping…

On June 9 his infection was getting better and we danced a happy dance when he heard that he had been taken off the ventilator!  On June 16 he was back on the regular ward, with one of our nannies there to take care of him.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

NDSouth: Creation Beauty

Hayden loves the outdoors,

Whether it is during our cooler weather...

...when he can crumple dried Mango tree leaves in his hands...

...and watch the gardeners rake up huge piles of leaves...

...or now in the hot summer season, when he can watch from the patio, the gardeners water the thirsty plants.

Look how beautiful they are growing...

...just like Hayden.

Look how the trees have grown so tall...

...and Hayden has grown as well!

"God dwells in His Creation..." A.W. Tozer

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Sweet Jack...

A Morning with Luke

Luke has been pretty quiet here recently, but it's not because he hasn't been busy! He's been growing and maturing into his role as the big brother of the room. 

Guy time! Luke loves it when friends come to visit. 

Clara had spent some time in the standing frame, and the foam pieces that help her stay safe and upright had fallen all over the floor. Luke made sure they got back to where they belonged. 

Being a big brother is a big job and these babies are ready for their mid-morning snack. Luke cooked up some yummy treats in the balcony.

Watch our little chef in motion!

Is the food all ready, Luke? Time to eat!

Not easy to get that food from bowl to mouth. A little help, please? 

Whew. This growing and learning thing can be exhausting. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Therapy Tuesday: Isaac's Progress

Hi everyone! My name is Isaac and I am 2 years old.  Every afternoon I go upstairs to the therapy room for Occupational and Physical Therapy. This is my favorite time of the day because I love showing off my skills to my awesome therapists!

In my OT sessions I am working on my hand-eye coordination and training my brain to use the right side of my body more. This is hard for me but I wear a wrist strap and that helps a lot. 

I love using putty even though it can be very sticky! It always makes me giggle when I can stretch it to make a really long string!

Yvonne always encourages me and gives me a high five when I do something well! She makes my sessions fun and I don’t realise how hard I am working! 

In my PT sessions I am working on my strength and balance. In the past few weeks I have mastered standing all by myself and this made my therapists so proud! 

My therapists stretch my muscles everyday and sometimes this feels a little uncomfortable but I am thankful I have the activity board to distract me so I don’t notice it too much! 

I’m still working on my kicking skills but I practice almost everyday so I should be able to accomplish this skill very soon! 

I am so close to being able to walk independently! Everyday I can take a few more steps without falling over or wearing myself out! My therapist Zoe says that very soon I will master this skill! 

I better go back to Preschool now, my teacher will be wondering where I am! Thanks for stopping by to learn about my progress in therapy! 

This post was written by one of our volunteers, Ciara.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Happy for Hannah

Hannah has been waiting  a long time, but her wait is finally coming to an end...

We've heard from her orphanage, and she will soon be leaving to join her forever family!

She's been with us for more than six years (this is the 86th blog post that she has featured in!).  We know that so many of you that have visited New Day will have your own memories of sweet Hannah (or Lucy, as she was previously named).  We wanted to take this opportunity to look back and celebrate the progress that she has made, and to look forward to her new life as a daughter.

This is one of the first pictures that we have, from when Hannah arrived into our care.

It didn't take too long before we got to see that beautiful smile!

We witnessed her first steps...

...and took her out for walks (with her 'little sister' / sweet friend Rosie).

 What a privilege and a joy it has been to watch her grow!

And now the big news that we were so excited to share with her last year is finally going to become a reality.  It will be a huge adjustment for her, and a wrench for us to say goodbye, but it's such a wonderful thing.

She'll be no longer an orphan, and forever a daughter.  Hannah, we are SO happy for you!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

NDNorth: A 4-point Victory

Kristiana is amazing! She's so full of determination and is always eager to please. We are so proud of all of the progress that she has made lately. Kristiana has challenges to overcome, yes, but she wants to overcome all of her challenges. She wants to make progress (most of the time... sometimes she just wants to keep coloring).

With this kind of attitude, she's going to go far.

Wait - actually, she already has.

Just look at her...

When we first met Kristiana she was a little bit confused and a little bit scared. Everything was new, and we needed to gain her trust, help her know that our love for her would not change. 

Since then, during the twelve wonderful months she's been in our care, Kristiana has figured out how special she is. In case you doubted it. 

Crawling is a big deal, though. Kristiana can get around - she can roll and scoot and commando crawl across the room, dragging her legs behind her. But we know that 4-point crawling is a very important skill. It's something that will help her development in many different ways. So, recently, we've added crawling to the kid's daily schedule. 

We call it "race time" and Emerson usually wins. What's lacking in form is totally made up in determination to get to the cracker waiting for him at the finish line...

Emerson isn't quite up to getting up on all fours when he crawls, but Kristiana is, so that's what we encourage her to work on. It's really hard work, but with enough encouragement she's usually happy to try her best. 

Last week we captured a video of Kristiana showing her amazing new skills off. 

Watch it - she's amazing. She's come so far, and has such a bright future ahead of her! We hope that one day she will have a forever family of her own, cheerleaders who will share in her enthusiasm, and give her all of the encouragement she needs. Until then... we'll be here, cheering from the stands. 

Go, Kristiana, go!

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