A phone call at 6:30am

Yesterday early in the morning at 6:30am, I heard Kim’s mobile ringing. My heart skipped a beat. NO ONE WILL CALL SO EARLY IN THE MORNING! Intuitively, I knew it must be the hospital. Kim picked up the phone and I listened with trepidation at the side.

It is from the hospital. The nurse said that they have done a haemoglobin test on Ethen and found it to be on the lower end. Thus he was given a blood transfusion at 3am. We understand that premature babies might not be able to produce enough red blood cells necessary to bring adequate oxygen to the body. As such, they tend to require red blood cells transfusion.

This is already Ethen’s 3rd blood transfusion ever since birth. It is heart wrenching to see his hand inserted with a plug and tapped down. Personally having 5 iv drips done on me during my stay in the hospital, I know it can be painful and very uncomfortable. This is so for an adult; what more an infant less than 4 weeks old….

We are praying he will react well to the blood transfusion and do not require more in the future. The good news is Ethen is still gaining weight; at 1.74kg yesterday. 🙂


4 thoughts on “A phone call at 6:30am

  1. Hi Kim Yew &Evelyn,

    Hi how are both of you? Sorry, I did not know that Ethan was born! no one told me….. sorry. Evelyn, pls do not worry about him feeling the pain. He actually have not mastered that feeling yet.

    We will pray for his fast recovery. How early was he born? Sorry, I need to know why is he out so early?

    Main thing Evelyn is keep pumping your breast milk ya, it is the best thing to help him.

    Take care and God bless.



    • Hi Ruth

      We are fine. Thks. 🙂 Ethen was born on 31st July 2009 at about 31 weeks. You can read more details on his birth and etc on this blog – under pregnancy or xi en categories. Thks for keeping Ethen in prayers. 🙂

      Edwin & evelyn.


  2. Evelyn,
    My heart just aches as I think about what you must feel as a mom watching your tiny baby go through so much. I am praying for Ethen and praising God for him. He’s a little fighter, and God’s going to use this in his life. I am also praying for you. That God will give you what it takes to make it through this difficult time. Pour out your heart to Him. He wants to comfort you, love you, and fill you up through this time. Thank you for keeping us informed with how Ethen is doing. It helps to know specific things to be praying for.
    Take Care,


    • thks for the encouragement, Becca. It always warm my heart to know that there are so many people praying for Ethen. 🙂
      Evelyn 🙂


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