Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Choosing Hope for Little Chris

The overall prayer for little Chris is that he gets lifesaving heart surgery. Selfishly we thought it would be in the United States (and it still might be), but it won’t happen at the New Orleans Children’s Hospital as hoped. Big bummer.

Fortunately that’s not the end of the story. Gift of Life International (GOLI) is pursuing other hospitals in the U.S., as well as a hospital in Uganda. The GOLI Executive Director is traveling to the Uganda Heart Institute later this month. He’ll take little Chris’s medical records, visit with doctors there, and see if they can perform the surgery in October when a visiting surgeon from the U.S. will be there.

Advantages to surgery in Uganda instead of New Orleans are a shorter travel time (and not through volcanic ash!), hopefully easier visa application process, and more similar environment (culturally) for little Chris.

So while one door is closing, another is opening. As always, we pray and choose hope as we wait expectantly for God.

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