Update on Luba

Once all the test results were in, it was discovered that, in addition to kidney stones, Luba also had hydronephrosis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydronephrosis), which is where a kidney is enlarged due to a constricted canal leading from it to the bladder. This problem can only be treated by plastic surgery. It was scheduled for last Thursday, but a severe allergic reaction to an iodine contrast dye used for an X-ray caused it to be delayed until this past Monday. The doctor successfully removed the stones and fixed the narrowed portion of the canal. The doctor said that the correction of this problem should also result in normalizing her blood pressure. As of Wednesday, Luba was regaining a little strength after the anesthesia and, with help, was able to get out of bed. She will still be in the hospital for a while, but the doctor is optimistic about her progress. Sasha and Luba both send their thanks to all who have been praying for her.

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