Friday, June 12, 2009

First Sounds

It's Friday evening (Day 6) and Samuel finally came off the ventilator that has been helping him breathe for most of the past week. So we now get to see his handsome face again and also heard him cry for the first time as the arterial umbilical line, used for blood pressure readings and drawing blood, was removed. He is working hard to breathe on his own after a week of help from the ventilator so they're going to turn him over onto his tummy to help him breathe easier, although his respiratory rate and oxygen intake are in the normal range. Here's a short video clip so you can hear his first cry and see him getting used to breathing on his own.


video

Jasmine and Candace headed off to church camp on a rainy cold Friday night, which they've been excited about for weeks. They'll be well looked after for the weekend by our Urban Vineyard friends http://www.urbanvineyard.org.nz/jm/ who have been a wonderful prayer support to us over these past months and who care for us as if we'd been in the church for years. We are very grateful for the way they have so quickly embraced us as part of their church family and also provided practical support in the way of meals, transport and looking after the girls. Jasmine and Candace called in to see Samuel before they left for camp, so here's a few photos of the 'girls' with Samuel and one of Candace's 6th birthday party at Urban Vineyard's children's church a few weeks ago.






5 comments:

spragues said...

OK so that was a very beautiful sound , how lovely of you guys to share that moment with us..God is good...

flyboybrown said...

It is wonderful to hear about Samuel coming off the ventilator. Thank you for keeping us up to date. Will keep watching for updates. God bless, James, Fiona and girls. x

tuckers said...

Thanks for sharing Samuel's story with us. He has got a good set of lungs when he cries eh. We will continue to pray for him & look forward to catching up with you all. God bless. Steve, Inez, Eli, Sophie & Jerusha

Jude and Pete said...

so pleased to hear that you have had a good day. And how precious to hold you wee man. He is beautiful (and I don't say that about all babies!!) Wynd Pres Church has been praying so I will share the latest news with them too. xxxx the Crumps!

Anonymous said...

Dear Shirley and Francis

Am praying Baby Samuel and for you all. He's so beautiful. It's heartbreaking to read your posts but so good to see his little photoshoot. May God bless and keep you all. Hoping [and praying!] for good news.

Gary & the folk from OMF