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  • Writer's pictureJohn Martin

The Next Day

Updated: Nov 28, 2018

After the NICU transport team from Loma Linda left with our son, Lisa and I decided that I should follow them to San Bernardino while she recovered at Hemet Hospital. My brother Chad who had been at the hospital with us since 5AM that morning offered to drive me. Meanwhile, my Mom, Lisa's sister Beth and our dear friend Michelle would drive out to be with Lisa until she was discharged.

Our little boy is in the "Tiny Baby Unit" of the NICU at Loma Linda. If you've ever been to a regular Intensive Care Unit, this really is the tiny version. It's a little overwhelming when you first walk in to see about 10 premature baby NICU beds lined up side by side, each with their own full time nurse and furnished with about a dozen monitors, special lights and various instruments. His nurse told me that we are at the beginning of a very long road, and that our little guy will have many hurdles to clear in the coming days, weeks and months.

Loma Linda Children's Hospital is one of the few level 4 tertiary centers in Southern California, equipped to provide the highest level of care for newborns with the most complex needs. Our baby boy will be receiving the best possible care here. More evidence of God's kindness to us. The report was that he transferred successfully; he was in critical but stable condition. They were able to decrease his supplemental oxygen to 40% and he was doing as well as could be expected.

I was able to put my hands gently on my son, and talk to him and sing to him. I was amazed at the perfection of his tiny little hands and feet and ears. In one sense I felt helpless, and in another I felt a rush of comfort knowing that God had fearfully and and wonderfully woven my little boy together.

Lisa was discharged from Hemet Hospital that evening and was able to join me at Loma Linda shortly after. Most of Friday is a blur, but I will never forget the diligent care of my brother who anticipated every need I had that day and arranged a hotel for us near the hospital that night. I will never forget how loyal family and friends drove in from 100 miles away to be at our side, or how Lisa's parents jumped on the first plane from Seattle and my parents took care of our girls so we could completely focus on our boy. In the middle of such intense trauma there has been much grace.




I have nothing but the deepest compassion and awe for the tremendous love and care I see in both John's words and Lisa's song for little Jack; you both remind me so strongly of the Savior who will not let us go...Lori and I are petitioning Heaven for you all!



Praying for Jack to stay the fight He is already a warrior



Dear Lisa and John,

Janet and I have been praying for all of you. Seeing the pictures and hearing you sing to your little one, brought back many memories of our little Josh. We know that God is in control, He loves us and will carry you though this valley of darkness. If you need to talk to Janet or me , please call anytime.

We love you and will continue to lift you up in prayer to our gracious Heavenly Father

Don and Janet



I have no words, other than we serve a God that is and will be glorified thru your family and this specific trial! We are and will continually be praying for your family.


Arden &

We are praying For you dear Lisa and John.

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