Whilst Mandy was being sown up I went with Joshua to the
NIC unit where he was weighed ( 3.3 kgs or 7lbs 3 ) and prepared
to be transported to the Sydney Children's Hospital at Westmead,
a 10 minute journey.
Joshua was received at the Grace Neonatal Intensive care unit
and both he and I were looked after. The NIC unit was a bit
overwhelming even though we had a tour and met some staff
before hand, it was a bit unnerving listening to the beeps
and alarms of the monitors. I must have stayed there for hours
just watching the monitor. By this time Mandy was recovering
in hospital, and had not yet seen our son. The staff took
a great picture of him and I took it to Mandy. We both stared
at the picture for a long time, tears flowing. We couldn't
believe that our son was here.
Joshua was scheduled to have his operation the next day, he
would be 22 hours old. Mandy was feeling well enough to travel
to the kids hospital by wheelchair the next day, she had her
first sight and cuddle of our son. We stayed with him until
he was transferred to a humidicrib and taken to surgery. The
next 2 hours were the longest of our lives. When the pager
I was given went off I raced back to the children's hospital
to be given the news by Dr Harvey that the surgery went well
and Joshua's Exomphalos contained only the liver and they
had been able to complete a full closure.