Wednesday, June 18, 2008


On June 10, a very special baby girl came into this world. Tikva Ahava came to us with a diaphragmatic hernia, a hole in her diaphragm that causes the lower internal organs to shift upward, crowding the heart, lungs and other upper internal organs. Sometimes the prognosis is less than good; sometimes it is excellent. As far as I know, no one really knows how severe the condition is until the baby is operated on.

Tikva came into the world smoothly and effortlessly, just as her mom and dad wanted her to. She's done beautifully from the beginning, proving her strength and will and courage as she's prepared for the surgery that would save her life if all went well.

Yesterday, on June 17 (and her mom's birthday!) Tikva had the important surgery she needed to save her life and help her breathe on her own. The surgery was a smashing success, and while she's not out of the woods yet, one of the hardest parts is over. I don't know details, but mom and dad and big sister Dahlia all seem very, very happy with the results.

Please keep this gorgeous little girl and her family in your hearts and prayers as she continues to do her important work on this earth. She is nothing short of amazing.

Thank you, Tikva, for making me an even more firm believer in Gd and the power of prayer.
Thank you, Dave and Gal and Dahlia, for teaching me the importance of positivity and showing me what it means to be truly human.
Thank you all for showing me what it means to have the strength of a billion people when it matters most.
Thank you for your light and love and wonderful spirits.

Thank You, Gd, for helping me believe in miracles.
Thank You, Gd, for HOPE and LOVE.
Thank You, Gd, for Tikva Ahava.

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