Monday, August 04, 2008

Neonatal

Just last night, a good friend was visiting and was discussing, among other things, his future plans. He is currently in medical school, and while holding Kayla, he mentioned that a field he was rather inclined towards was neonatal. We got into a short discussion about how it can be tricky and extremely emotional - tremendous ups combined with horrible downs.

On that note, reading this post by Nephtuli is a must:
Tomorrow night at about 7 pm, I will be accompanying Shifra to Columbia Medical Center, where her labor will be induced, although her actual due date is on Tisha Ba'av (August 10th). Her doctors want to induce since our baby has a heart defect called Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA) and so would like specific individuals of their cardiac team to be present at the birth. Without getting into too much detail, our baby's heart is not working properly and the defect will require surgery to correct it. Although the surgery's success rate is over 90%, open heart surgery on a newborn infant always carries with it the attendant risks of any surgery. So despite our optimism, the next week will be a very trying time.
Read the whole thing, please, and of course, have them in your thoughts and prayers. iyH everything will work out wonderfully.

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