All of this comes into play. These funds are going to be put to use right away. Yesterday, we got a call from the leading pediatric heart surgeon at Children's hospital in Boston. He shared a little bit of good news. After reviewing the images from last weeks ultrasound, he believes Rebecca and baby Peace are very good candidates for a special intra uterine surgery. He wants Rebecca out there as soon as possible because time is against us. They will be going into the baby's heart and trying to open up the Aortic valve via catheter balloon. If it is successful, it will hopefully restore some function to the left side of the heart. This will not cure everything though and baby Peace will still have to undergo multiple surgeries after birth to complete the whole process. Because of your generosity we are able to book last minute flights to Boston for Rebecca and I without stressing out about the finances.
Wow, can you believe what they can do these days? To think that very skilled doctors can go into the heart of a baby inside the womb, find the problem and hopefully fix it is almost unbelievable! They have only performed inly 200 of these surgeries in the past 15 years, but they've had a 90% success rate and there is little harm to the mother.
Stay tuned as we will continue to update you as all this unfolds.
Even though our situation seems dire, we can't imagine the pain and suffering of so many people around the world, so many babies born who have no hope of medical help. Together with all of you let's join in, as best we can, and lift them up in prayer and also show our support for those living in the worst conditions in the world.
Sharbel and Rebecca
P.S. This is an article from
NPR that sheds some light on the procedure that they will try to perform on baby Peace in Boston. The very doctor that is featured in this article is the one who called us yesterday.