Witness to a baby's transformation

Print
Email
|

by MONIKA DIAZ / WFAA

WFAA

Posted on March 27, 2013 at 8:29 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 27 at 8:29 AM

DALLAS — I was present Tuesday for a rare look inside the operating room at Medical City Children's Hospital in Dallas for Logan's first surgery.

We met Logan, an orphan from China, a few weeks ago.

On Tuesday, I was there as surgeons operated on the seven-month-old who was born with a severe deformity.

After the procedure, the waiting room burst into applause when Dr. Craig Hobar from the LEAP Foundation gave Logan's foster mom, Pam Newell, the news she wanted to hear: Logan was okay.

But mom already knew that.

"It's just amazing the changes. Just in a few hours," Newell said.

She had watched her baby's face change hour by hour on our live streaming video feed of the surgery that was relayed around the world on WFAA.com.

She also followed my tweets during the operation.

"It was comforting because Dr. Hobar and I talked about what he was going to do," Newell said. "As I was watching and you were tweeting, it was the thing I was expecting to have happen."

Out of more than 3,000 viewers online who were watching the surgery, Newell was the one who needed those images the most.

Prayers from friends watching all over the world helped, too.

"Australia and China, and Canada and Panama," Newell said. "People in my office I haven't met were sending me e-mails."

Logan still needs more surgeries this year. The next one will be in about three months.

"I don't want people to forget that when his face is normal, there is still a lot to do in the inside that's critical to get done," Newell said.

Mom's heart keeps growing for the boy she met only six weeks ago. She knows she made the right decision to take care of him, to be a part of his life.

"I don't regret it. I don't think I'm going to regret the next nine months either," she said.

E-mail mdiaz@wfaa.com

Print
Email
|