Tikvah = HOPE (Update #5)

We are so grateful to be able to report that Tikvah Hadassah Kirkland was born on Friday, October 28, 2011. After about 2 hours of active labor and 2 pushes, she entered into the world weighing 7 lbs., 13 oz. and measuring 19″ long.

The NICU team whisked her away after a brief “hello” in order to stabilize her and confirm her diagnosis of transposition of the great arteries (TGA). They found everything as anticipated and scheduled her for surgery the following week.

On Wednesday, November 2, 2011, Tikvah had open-heart surgery to correct the placement of her arteries. The Lord brought her through the surgery and immediate recovery with flying colors. After waiting a couple of days to allow her heart’s swelling to subside, they were able to surgically close her chest cavity by Friday, November 4, 2011.

The next goal was to try and remove the breathing machine and begin weaning her off some of her meds. By Monday, November 7, 2011, she was completely off the breathing machine and off of all of her medication.

The final goal before the hospital could discharge Tikvah into our care was to get her to feed orally. It is not uncommon for babies to loose their ability to coordinate the suckling, swallowing, and breathing reflexes successfully enough to be able to feed from a bottle following such extensive surgery. However, God displayed His amazing grace once again in allowing Tikvah to take to the bottle right away. By Monday afternoon, she was feeding orally from the bottle and able to keep everything down. Today, we tried nursing and she latched-on right away!

Now, they are planning to discharge her as early as tomorrow morning! To God be the glory for the great things He has done in the life of this little soul. We are so incredibly humbled to have witnessed first-hand His amazing hand at work in the life of Tikvah Hadassah Kirkland. It will be such a joy to see the rest of His plans for her life unfold in coming weeks, months and (Lord willing) years!


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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One Response to Tikvah = HOPE (Update #5)

  1. jon and alyssa says:

    Truly unbelievable, you guys! We sat and read this together and cried and praised God for His stunning grace. She is well-named!
    As you say, soli deo gloria.

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