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Her condition is rare and unpredictable so the surgery was stressful. Equipment and staff were brought in from another hospital to provide broader expertise. At one point the two lead surgeons and the rest of the team, about 7 surgeons altogether, stepped back from the table for an hour, to debate, and come to a consensus, before progressing further. There was only one objective in mind, to safeguard her well-being. We are grateful to God for their ability to collaborate and consult at every step of the way. Throughout her hospital stay, we were witness to ongoing cross-checking as several teams of specialists reviewed her treatment.
She was in a Catholic hospital and we were reassured daily by supportive pastoral staff. On a lighter note, the security guard offered a random act of kindness. I had put down my pocket Greek NT some time during the 14 hour wait and I was looking for it later in the lost and found, unfortunately it wasn't there. However, the security guard asked me what I was looking for and when I mentioned it, he said, "I am Greek, I will bring you a Greek Bible from home tomorrow."
Update: The pile of books at the side of my daughter's bed are classifed as 'read already' so her personality, vision and intellect are intact. She joined us at the dinner table tonight so all else is in order! One change for now is that I step into her room and say "Don't pick that up off the floor. I will do it!"
If you wonder how I have time to follow the comment threads, I am sure you will understand when I say that I have become an insomniac.