Thursday, November 26, 2015

NDSouth: Abigail's Time

Abigail was born in early May with a very serious ‘abdominal wall defect.’   The doctors in her rural birth city gave her no hope of survival, but thankfully her orphanage director knew to call us for help (see our prior post Abigail Waits for more of her story.)  

After coming to our care on her 2nd day of life, she then spent the next 11 weeks in NICU while the doctors worked to keep her alive and stabilize her internal systems.  Then in mid-July she was released from the hospital to her new home at New Day South.  The doctors said at that point all we could do was wait - wait for her little body to heal and develop to the point where a surgical solution could be possible. (Sometimes children with Abigail’s problem are not able to have surgery until after their first year of life.)

Abigail had to stay in our critical care room away from the other children and visitors, and she was unable to move around as other babies due to her condition.  Yet in spite of these limitations, she was always happy and responsive, and she quickly endeared herself to all of us at the foster home.


Then in early November, a visiting team of surgical specialists from the US examined her case and decided that she was ready - Abigail's time had come.  She was admitted to the hospital the very next day - it all happened so quickly!  The initial surgery was successful, but the following days were a bit tense as all waited to see how her little body would respond and adjust to the trauma of such a major surgery.


Finally, just a few days before Thanksgiving we received the wonderful news that she was doing well enough to be released from ICU to the general ward!  When visiting her a few nights ago, we even saw glimpses of her former smile beginning to return.


Abigail has more challenges ahead and will require additional surgical procedures.  Other complications can develop making follow-up care especially important for children born with her condition.  But on this Thanksgiving day, we are all so thankful that she has come this far on her journey to life, health and family. 

(We are still in need of monthly sponsors for Abigail and donations towards the cost of her surgery and hospital care.  For one-time gifts to our medical fund, visit our Giving Tuesday page.)

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