After 18 long hours, Grace’s surgery to remove extensive abdominal tumors was complete at
The lead surgeon on Grace’s case,
This is an excellent option for patients like Grace whose tumors are confined to a specific area as it means that the patient isn’t likely to have systemic negative side effects from the chemo. When Grace underwent her first surgery in Kenya, it proved difficult to keep the chemotherapy drugs being circulated at their optimum temperature. The hope is that the equipment used in Belgium was able to optimally target all remaining tumor cells.
And we have continued to have good news sent from Belgium. As the day has progressed, Grace was able to get the breathing tube out of her throat, and even sip some apple juice. She gave the surgeon, Dr. Ceelen, a big smile and was able to talk to him when he came by to see her. She reports that she doesn’t have too much pain and discomfort, except for some pain when she has to cough. As anyone who has had any sort of abdominal surgery knows, this can be quite painful! The surgeon was awed by her courage and strength.
Grace reported that she had a dream about singing in church while she was sleeping, and we take that as a sign that this sweet girl will be standing and singing again soon. We are so thankful for everyone in countries all over the world who have been praying and thinking of her!
Please continue to send positive thoughts to Grace. We know the next