I was unable to send this earlier today because the internet was down. Here is the latest, not exactly hot off the press.
Benjamin's surgery is finished and it went better then expected. First, Dr Li did not have to use the by pass machine which he anticipated and second the pump that was to be installed in Benjamin's heart was not needed saved 10 000RMB (US$1200) on that one. I have already seen him but he is still incubated. His color is looking so much better but the blue will not go away completely. His condition is such that in about two and a half years, he will need to have another operation to completely repair his heart.
Laura and Angel are heading back to Xian this afternoon. Dr Tan told me this earlier that Jade is doing really well and she will be out of SICU on Sunday afternoon. So it you figure this all out, Jade and Benjamin is in SICU and Angel is gone so.....we are with out any babies for two days. Shopping!!!! That is what Liu Ing wants to do. Hangzhou is very famous for its garment manufacturing which makes clothes here for export and it also the head quarters of its silk industry.
So tomorrow starts the second national week long vacation for China each year. It is also National day and the patients have mostly gone home. We are still here and the SICU is still full. They have a 17 bed capacity and they have only one bed open right now.
It has been a good day for Benjamin and I am so grateful for this positive outcome. Thank you so much for all your letters of love, encouragement and offers of prayers.
Love and laughter,
Amanda (Hanging out in Hangzhou with no hangers-on)