We told you last week that Ellie (Eliane) was undergoing surgery to repair her cleft palate. Her parents, Amelie and Philippe, were thrilled to have the support of the An Orphan’s Wish community, and wanted to let you know that Eliane’s surgery was successful and she is recovering well. Here is an update from her father:
“Hello, it really warmed our hearts to know that many people, all around the world, are thinking about Eliane this week. Her surgery went without apparent complications, and she is recovering fast. We negotiated with the anesthesia team, so Amelie was able to be with her in the operating room until she was asleep, so she did not experience any real separation from us.
She stayed only one night at the hospital, and we are amazed by her resilience, she is such a brave little girl. We were worried about how she would cope with the arm restraints and the medications, and with the fact we have to feed her with a syringe for 3 weeks, but she accepted everything without complaining.
As expected, her anxiety worsened a little bit, but both Amelie and I are off from work, so we are always around to hug her and play with her, and her brother Etienne is very helpful also. It looks very painful, but with medication given on a regular basis, she is well, and two days after the surgery, she was running all over the house and laughing as before.
We followed up with her surgeon a few days after the surgery, and he was very pleased with her recovery up to now. He said the surgery was technically difficult because her cleft is very wide, but he managed to close it without too much tension on the tissues. Before her surgery, her audiogram showed moderate to severe hearing impairment, but she had tubes installed in her eardrums during the surgery, and we already see some improvement, as she clearly hears me when I am whispering, which was not the case before.”
Here’s wishing Eliane and her forever family many healthy and happy times ahead of them!