Last Tuesday I wrote about a 7-week old baby, Ruby, born at 24 weeks, in pretty critical condition, in Altnagelvin Hospital, Londonderry. Davy has had a call from Annie, Ruby’s mum, this afternoon: Ruby’s ‘life’ was predicted to be always in hospital, connected to a ventilator for life, her twin sister had died at 6 days old, 6 weeks earlier. Ruby had major incurable lung problems, heart issues, too, we discovered subsequently, and had acquired the e-coli bacteria – the infection markers were ridiculously high….
….the phone call today from Annie was to say that the infection has completely gone (against every the doctors had said would happen, due to her weakness and size – just over 1 pound at birth), an, on Monday, the doctors are taking away all the ventilator tubes as she’s doing so well…. stunning, God!!! Just wonderful….
My neonatologist friend in England had said that if her heart and brain were ok, and put ‘right’, there’s no reason why Ruby shouldn’t go home on or before her due birth date of 24 August. It’s looking MORE than likely to be BEFORE that now: Annie is just over the moon!!
And Jason, of testicle fame (and if you didn’t read my ‘edit’ of the blog about him, no, I didn’t lay hands on the afflicted part of his body!!), is totally pain free – something he hasn’t been for years… God’s wonderful, isn’t he??
I’m back in Derry tomorrow and Saturday: and, on Saturday, as well as loads of humans to pray for, and a horse, there’s now a dog with a tumour….