Samuel was rushed off to the neo-natal intensive care unit (NICU) as soon as he was born even before Shirley was able to hold him. (go to this website for a virtual tour of NICU to see where Samuel is now)
He is now in a stable condition with all manner of wires and pipesprotruding from his small body monitoring breathing, heart-rate, blood pressure and a catheter and pressurised oxygen supply. While he looksnormal on the outside, his kidneys are badly damaged from the back-pressure of the fluids that have been unable to be passed out due to a bladder obstruction. The kidney specialists (Paediatric Nephrologists) will be checking the extent of his kidney function over the next few days to determine how to proceed with his treatment.However, we know we are in for a long haul as he will likely be kept in hospital for many months as they aim to help him grow to the point where he will be large enough to receive a kidney transplant.
We are amazed at the incredible standard of care that we have received at Auckland hospital, it is a state of the art facility with Starship Children's Unit where he will be moved to in the next week or so,which is one of the few Children's hospitals in the world wherenewborns with severe kidney problems are able to be treated from birththrough to kidney transplant and beyond - and all covered by NZ'spublic health system!
We are so grateful for all the messages of support and assurances of prayer that we have received from you all over these past months as we prepared for Samuel's birth. God has brought Samuel out of his mother's womb as promised and now he is 'cast on God' who holds his future. We will be sure to update you all in the coming weeks once he is out of intensive care and decisions around how to proceed with his treatment have been made.
This week we read these verses from Psalm 22v 9 - 10 'Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me feel secure on my mother's breast.From birth I was cast on you; from my mother's womb you have been my God." We are reminded that from day 1 his life is completely in God's hands.We would so appreciate your continued prayers for him over these coming weeks and months - that he would feed well and grow quickly,that his kidneys would continue functioning for as long as possible,that he would not catch any infection, and that the doctors would have wisdom and skill in knowing how to treat him.
Much love from Francis and Shirley