I spoke to the neurosurgeon today and he said that if Frantina continues to do as well as she is today, then she can be released to go back to our apartment either Thursday or Friday. He did not promise anything but he said that was his plan if all continues to go well. Katie and Vivianne are very happy because they are tired of spending all day and night in the hospital in a chair!
We are all very happy that she is doing well. I truly think the doctor was kind of concerned going into this operation and thought about how he was going to exactly do the surgery for a long time before scheduling it.
She had a CT Scan a couple of days ago and it shows that the spinal cord is already expanding and not compressed anymore. He said it looked very good.
Frantina is sitting up and actually holding herself up without any of us helping her! She pulls herself forward and then pushes herself back. She is moving her legs all over the place and even has some strength in them already. She pushes against the arm of the chair with her legs and she couldn’t do that before surgery!
Before surgery, she would have terrible tremors in her legs and the doctors called it infantile paralysis. Her legs were stiff and she would hold them out in front of her when sitting or we moved her around. She is not doing that anymore! She bends her legs and moves them and does not hold them stiff.
It is going to take awhile for her to learn to sit on her own, crawl, and stand up. She will have to learn how to do these things all over again. But once we get her back to Haiti and around the other children, she will want to do what they are doing!
Dr. Sanchez said she can go back to Haiti at the end of the month! She will have to come back to Santo Domingo every month for him to check her, but hopefully we won’t have to do this for too long.
Thank you all for your prayers! Nobody can believe how well she is doing except all of us who know that her life is in God’s hands!
Posted on Wed, May 2, 2012