Chapter 6 - Kika's Birth We received top medical attention from the specialists in their field. Every aspect of Esther's pregnancy was covered and prepared for. Due to the nature of Kika's condition, we decided to have her delivery be Caesarian to avoid further damage to her spine or brain, as she also had a related condition called hydrocephalus, where the brain collects fluid (more on this later). The date and time was set, August 14th, 2001. Even though we knew Kika had spina bifida, there was no way of determining the extent of its effect. By this point, we had read so much and prayed so much, and believed that God was in control, that we were not worried nor fearful of the result-we were just ready to meet our new little girl! The operation went quickly and without incident and the next thing I knew, I was in the side room seeing Kika for the first time. She was pudgy and cute. In her back was an opening about 2 ½ inches long and a bit less than 2 inches wide. They weighed her and washed her up and I went with her and the nurse to intensive care. Kika would spend the next 18 days there. She was all wired up so they could monitor her temperature, heartbeat, and I'm not sure what else. She lay on her tummy to avoid putting pressure on her back. The big day had come and gone, and Mom and Dad, and Kika, were exhausted! < Previous - Next > My Day-Old Child My day-old child lay in my arms And I held her pudgy hand; I whispered softly, "How I wish, That you could understand. I've oh so much to say to you. (She gave a cough and a nod) Hurry, hurry, hurry and grow So I can tell you of God!" My newborn's little mouth was still As though she didn't hear, But a kind of light passed thru' her eyes And I saw this thought appear: "How I wish that I could speak, I've a hundred things to say; Before I forget, I'd tell you of God— I was with Him yesterday."