We are grateful to report that Tovia is doing well and God has clearly been answering our prayers. At the end of this last week we received a particularly wonderful volley of good news. Several tests that had been done to check for various genetic/chromosomal abnormalities came back completely clear. Praise God!
You may remember that we (and the doctors) have been particularly concerned for a swollen small intestine, and this last Saturday’s x-rays showed that it has shrunk by about 50% in size. Because of these concerns the doctors have been reluctant to introduce much food into the equation. However, she was started on small feedings of mom’s milk over the last week, and we had a happy Sabbath morning phone call to announce that Tovia’s plumbing was up and running. This was really good news!
All this good news means that we can keep feeding her and continue to increase the amounts each day as long as she keeps handling it well. It is still a day by day wait, but things look very positive and it looks like we should be able to avoid surgery! We are still expecting Tovia to be in the NICU for a number of weeks, but we are thankful that she is making progress to be able to come home. Jenny is also feeling a little better each day. Thank you for your many prayers, gifts, and kind words.