Got me thinking

Things from yesterday’s post have got me thinking. Once again, I’m reminded of just how blessed we are to have 2 such perfect little girls. I don’t know what lies ahead but for now they are gorgeous and have absolutely nothing wrong with them.

In my first year of working, I worked in PE at the government hospitals. I once had to assess a newborn, as they were concerned about his one arm. The baby’s name was Michael, can’t believe I still remember that, just shows you how deeply he touched my heart. Anyway, little Michael was a white baby boy whose mom had chosen to give him up for adoption. I only mention his colour because I know how few white babies are given up for adoption. I did suspect that he had injured his arm (probably during the birth process) but it’s always difficult to tell to what extent or exactly what is wrong in such a small baby as a normal newborn can’t really do anything with their hands anyway, so it’s tough to assess. Anyway, here’s where I get to the point and I have no idea as to whether the laws have changed since 1998 but this is what happened. Because they suspected that something might be wrong with him he could no longer be given up for adoption but would have to go into foster care and months/years down the line decisions would be made regarding his future. My heart just broke for this little baby and I so wished I could just say that he was 100% just so that he could go to his new mommy and daddy that I can only imagine were just desperate to welcome him home. As with our friends whose baby is missing a hand, or if one’s child has some underlying disease or whatever, one doesn’t get a choice in the matter and I know beyond any shadow of doubt that those babies/children will be loved just as much as any other child the couple might have, so why is this not the case with adoption. Usually adoptive parents are more mature, have a large support structure, are better-off financially than the birth mom, so surely they are in a better position to care for a possibly less-than-perfect child. I do hope the laws have changed and that babies like Michael can be adopted.

Now, for a happy story. One of the doctors who works with Chris is a very good triathlete. He did the full Iron Man in some brilliant time, but on the Saturday before the Iron Man they hold the Corporate Iron Man. Individuals or teams complete a 380 metre swim, 18 km cycle and a 4,2 km run (basically a 10th of the full Iron Man). So, Paul was on the beach watching the swim leg of the corporate Iron Man when they brought a man onto the beach with a jetski and purely by chance, stopped right next to him. He was not breathing and had no pulse. Paul started CPR – mouth-to-mouth and chest compressions. Paramedics were around but Paul intubated the patient and continued with chest compressions. After 30 minutes the man still had no pulse but eventually (perhaps 40-45minutes) he did have a very faint pulse and was taken to hospital. 30 minutes is a long time to continue with CPR as often after such a long time the chance of being able to resuss the patient is very small and if one does, there is often permanent damage as a result of the lack of oxygen to the brain. It is also very hard work as the chest compressions need to be hard. So this all happened on 24 April and this week Paul received a phone call from the man to thank him and say that he’d been discharged the day before, in perfect health, except for a pretty sore chest!! A 33 year old guy with a wife and 2 young children. What an awesome miracle. Paul asked him what he remembers of the incident and he said that someone had kicked off his goggles, so he’d decided to rather swim breast stroke and then the jetski came alongside him to ask if he was okay and the next thing he remembers is waking up in the hospital. The kick that knocked off his googles obviously caused him to swallow water that somehow landed in his lungs and he then “drowned” as a result. Just goes to show just how important CPR is. Chris also said that the guy was lucky he landed next to Paul and not him as he probably wouldn’t have continued with the CPR for so long.


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