Tikvah = Hope

3D ultrasound image of Tikvah taken last week.

As many of you know, our great God blessed us with the conception of a second child about 6 1/2 months ago. While we had only discovered our baby’s gender about 2 months ago, we had actually selected her name, “Tikvah” (which is a Hebrew word for “hope”) long ago. Little did we know that the Lord would begin weaving together a story for this little girl’s life, centered on that word “hope,” before she was ever born.

See, last week, my husband and I were asked to come in for a non-routine ultrasound with a Perinatologist (a specialist assigned to monitor babies who have a higher-than-normal risk for complications). The original reason for the special ultrasound was attributed to the fact that, based on Tikvah’s recorded due-date on file (October 10, 2011), she was measuring smaller than the average baby for her age. To make a long story short, basically the recorded due-date on file was incorrect (official due date: October 31, 2011) and, after making the necessary adjustments to her file, her measurements revealed that she was actually right on track developmentally. Looking back, it seems to us that God simply used this discrepancy in her records to bring little Tikvah to the attention of the right people.

During the course of taking all of Tikvah’s measurements, the Perinatologist noticed something was different with Tikvah’s heart, which would have likely gone unnoticed by the average ultrasound technician. After studying the ultrasound images for a lengthy amount of time from various angels, she brought in another Perinatologist, who “just happened” to be working on the same floor that day and was available for the consultation, to confirm her findings before sharing the news with us. Again, God’s was beginning to reveal to us His sovereign hand over this precious baby’s life.

Left: Normal Heart; Right: TGA Heart

Essentially, what the Perinatologist noticed was that the 2 arteries leading blood away from Tikvah’s heart appeared to be transposed. The medical term is actually “Transposition of the Great Arteries.” In Tikvah’s case, this is a condition whereby the oxygenated blood pumped from the heart, never makes its way to the body, rather returns back to the lungs only to go back to the heart again. Likewise, the used blood pumped from the body to the heart is never replenished with oxygen, but gets pumped right back out to the body again, forming 2 separate circuits of blood flow. Without medical intervention to correct this condition shortly following her birth, Tikvah’s body would eventually deplete its store of oxygen in the blood stream, body functions would begin to shut-down, and she could die.

However, by God’s amazing grace, medical technology has advanced to the point where they can now surgically correct the position and function of Tikvah’s arteries (via open-heart surgery) with fairly high success rates. Since Tikvah’s condition was caught early (most babies aren’t diagnosed with this condition until AFTER birth), we can begin praying and planning now for the medical care she will need following her birth.

We have since been referred from our regular medical facility to a more specialized facility in Los Angeles, designed to handle such medical conditions in new borns. We are still awaiting our first appointment with our new team of doctors, scheduled for mid-August.

While this certainly caught us by surprise, we have found so much comfort and peaceful reassurance in the character and Word of our great God. He has revealed His mighty hand in this situation already through the various circumstances that led to Tikvah’s diagnosis, and we trust that He will continue to lead our family through this trial as He continues to unfold the plans that He has prepared for little Tikvah’s life. It is in Him that our faith is resting … and, in that, we have found much HOPE!

**This post will be the first of many to follow on the progress of little Tikvah as events in her life unfold. 

About Elizabeth

I am a sinner, saved by grace striving to increase in the knowledge of my Savior and His precious Word each day. The reader should know that there are a few presuppositions with which I approach this blog: 1) I believe in the biblical gospel, which basically purports that all mankind is born under the curse of sin (due to the sin of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden). Therefore, man is separated from God and can have no relationship with God because He is perfectly holy, not even able to look upon sin. Unfortunately, God is also perfectly just and must not only separate Himself from sin, but must also punish it. In order to reconcile man to Himself, God, the Father, sent God, the Son, down to earth to live as a man and take our sins upon Himself on the cross. While on the cross, God, the Son, bore the full weight of the wrath of God, the Father, against our sins in order that we who believe in Him might be set free from the curse of our sin. God, the Son, Jesus Christ, died as a propitiation for our sin in order to appease God, the Father's, holy and just character, redeem us from sin, and reconcile those who believe in this gospel to God, the Father. 2) I am primarily writing to those who already believe in this biblical gospel. In other words, this blog is not focused on evangelizing the lost, but edifying believers. 3) I believe that the Christian Bible is the very word of God. Therefore, it is completely inerrant, infallible, sufficient, and authoritative in the life of a believer.
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4 Responses to Tikvah = Hope

  1. Praying for all of you!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Thank you, Jason. Your relationship with my husband over the years has been such a point of encouragement to him. Your prayers, especially during this season, mean so much!

  2. Bev Zide says:

    Our family will daily be bringing precious Tikvah before our Advocate, our Lord,Savior and Friend the Lord Jesus Christ. It is amazing how God orchestrated your steps for the diagnosis!! Our God is so awesome! Praise His Name! Psalm 139 is all about Tikvah, and how special she is to Our Lord!
    With love and prayers,
    Marty, Bev and Nathan Zide

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