Latest News on my Little Blind Gr-granddaughter...
This is an update on my little blind great-grandbaby. First, thanks to all who continue to pray for her. This is kinda long. If you don't want to read it all, I understand.
The surgeon called Josh and Christy today and told them the cornea graft (transplant) is officially scheduled for NOV. 10 at 10:45 in the morning. This is only for one eye, her left eye. They can't do anything for her right eye, but if she can see out of ONE, we definitely will never complain!
For those who don't know, little Malayia was born very prematurely and has had to go through several surgeries, one very bad...to remove a cyst from her little brain. They had to cut her little head from above her ears all the way across the back of her head, like when you carve the top off a pumpkin. The cyst made her deaf and blind. But since they removed the cyst, her hearing has returned and is excellent! (Thank you again, Lord Jesus!) We did not want her to be deaf AND blind all her life, and the Lord has answered our prayer!
But the cyst has caused permanent damage to her optic nerve and they just recently did more testing that showed them LIGHT is being sent to her little brain, and that the "wiring" to her brain is good in her left eye. They really believe she can see with her left eye after this cornea transplant! We have all prayed so, SO hard for her to see.
But, for starters, she will have to be brought to Children's Hospital every day for a week or two, to make sure she is not going into rejection. (It is a transplant!) Then, for several weeks they will have to keep her partly sedated. The surgeon said, "You know how it hurts to get a small eye lash in your eye. Her eye will be that way for 3 or 4 weeks."
He said little babies, when they go through this, don't want to eat or sleep or anything. They are too uncomfortable. So they partly sedate them. And, there is no guarantee that this will "take" the first time. He told of one baby whose little body rejected the new cornea until the 10th time. He said, "We will do it again, until her body does not reject it, no matter how many it takes." He told of grown-ups who have had this done, and they say the pain is horrible. Even grown-up can't hardly stand it, after the surgery.
But our family's little baby is now amost 9 months old, and can't tell us how bad she is hurting. (She will have to have anti-rejection eye drops for the rest of her life. They cannot, cannot let her eye get dried out, at all, ever.)
Friends, I don't know if we could stand for her to go through this 10 times. Please, please pray that it takes the first time!
The surgery on Nov. 10 is on my little daughter-in-law's birthday. She and my son are the grandparents of little Malayia. She told me, "If Malayia has that surgery on that day and can see, that will be the only birthday gift I ever want for my whole life."
One more thing. When it does take, and she can see, the Dr. warned them that she may have to be hospitalized for a few days. He said it freaks little babies out when they've never seen anything, and suddenly they wake up and see.
Just please pray for my little blind great-granddaughter. And for all of us. I am just so very thankful that she will be able to see. (They can't guarantee she will have 20/20, but said whatever range her sight is in, it will give us something to work with and improve on.)
Just help us pray this will TAKE the first time, so she won't have to go through it over, and over. Thanks, and God bless!
My favorite scripture: Malachi 3:16
"Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name!" (Every time we speak of the Lord, or even THINK of him--its written down in a book of remembrance!)