I saw jets of light shining from cities and villages, and from the high places and the low places of the earth. God's word was obeyed, and as a result there were memorials for Him in every city and village. His truth was proclaimed throughout the world. --Testimonies, vol. 9, pp. 28, 29. {ChS 112.2}

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Prayers for a Precious Little Infant

Her name is Jada and she is two months out of the womb-- and weighs just over seven pounds. She is exquisite in every way, a sample of the way we are formed by the Master Planner. She has a round little face with cheeks as soft as clouds, a little turned-up nose and expressive blue eyes that generally peg on her Mommy's face, if her Mommy is anywhere nearby.

As you can likely tell, she was born prematurely. Her Mommy chose to leave off a drug-addicted lifestyle and enter detox and rehab during her pregnancy with Jada. Then she took up residence in a maternity home, Charis House, before Jada's birth. Jada spends part of her time in a foster home, and some time with her Mommy.

Jada was diagnosed recently with Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA). In a premature baby this type of congenital heart problem can be life-threatening depending on severity, and may require serious medical intervention.

"PDA is the most common heart disease among premature babies. Before a baby is born there is an opening between two blood vessels, the pulmonary artery and the aorta, allowing the blood to mix. This opening closes soon after the baby is born keeping the blood from returning to the lungs. However, this opening does not have the chance to close when the baby is not mature at birth, and this hole closes usually on its own as a premature baby matures.

PDA is diagnosed using several different methods. A complete medical history, complete physical, electrocardiogram, echocardiogram, x-ray, or cardiac catheterization are the most common methods used to determine PDA. Medicine is often used to correct PDA, but if a premature baby does not respond favorably to the medication, surgery may be needed to close the opening.

Premature baby girls are more likely to develop PDA than boys, and some of the symptoms of this disease are tachypnea (rapid breathing), tachycardia (rapid heart rate), enlarged heart, diaphoresis (perspiration), cyanosis (bluish skin & mucous membranes), heart sounds (rumble, murmur, thrill, or a second heart beat), and an erratic pulse and/or pressure." (this cited information was taken from About Heart Disease.)

Jada does have rapid breathing sometimes, but she doesn't have blue-ish skin tones. The operation, that will be performed as soon as they can arrange it, will NOT require open-heart surgery, and that is a great relief for her Mommy to know.

Please pray for Jada and her parents. Her Daddy is devastated by this news and is not easily able to express what it means for him. I will keep you posted.

Happy Easter!

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