Sunday, June 7, 2009

Samuel James Davy is born 01.42 on Sat 6 June

After 37 weeks of waiting and praying, Shirley was admitted to hospital at 02.00 on Thursday and and at 01.42 on Saturday morning 6 June, Samuel James Davy was born (at almost the exact same time - not date - as his dad who was born at 01.41) and weighed in at 7 pounds 4 oz (3.4 kg).

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


Luke PC said...

Hi there Francis Shirley and kids. Thanks for the photos. Really cool! We have added Samuel to the list of people the kids pray for at bed time. I know that Ella and Hana will enjoy reading the posts.


Francis and Shirley said...

Thanks Luke, so good to have this blog up and running, really appreciate your help with it. Will make life a lot easier for us.

Ahipara Girl said...

Our hearts and prayers are with you guys. Our wee boy is 6 mths old now. My heart is in my shoes as I look at your beautiful baby. Thank you Lord for Samuel and for the loving family you have placed him in. May God be with you Samuel, and make His face to shine upon you. Arohanui little soldier. Gift. Treasure.
Rich and Rachelle Toimata

Anonymous said...

wow, this a great idea. now we can keep an eye on you guys and little Samuel, who by the way is very cute and we are so glad we got to be one of the first to see him! was great catching up with you all, all the best, take care, love elaine & Co xxx

Mike & Hilary said...

Thanks Francis and Shirley for sharing the journey with us all around the world via this blog. Helps us to feel connected across the distance. Gadget boy again Francis!Praying for you all. So pleased there are family and church family for you there. Hilary and co

Matt and Lisa Burns said...

Dear Francis,Shirley, girls and Samuel. You are all very much in our thoughts and prayers at this time. You are much loved and we wish we could be in NZ to see you face-to-face. Blessings, Matt and Lisa

Anonymous said...

I heard about the birth of Samuel from Victoria today, thinking of you all and sending you lots of love from your cousins Charlotte, Luca Olivia and Lorenzo in Rome xxxxxxxxxxx

Jill Wilkinson Fuller said...

Hey guys, just wanted to say that my thoughts are with you all and espeically Samuel the little warrior. Kia Kaha - be strong Love always
Jill Wilkinson (Old Rotorua friend) now Jill Wilkinson Fuller