Updates on Samaah

Born on August 25, 2006, Samaah is back in Saskatoon after spending her first few days in Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

This is Fareheen again - I haven't posted for awhile as I have been here in Saskatoon (aka The Farm). As most of you know I am the very proud Mami-ma (Auntie) of dear Samaah.

Anyways, here's my post:

Whoa Naila! Relax with the pictures!!!

Just kidding! I can't get enough of Samaah's delicious cheeks and her oh-so-cute mouth and her huge brown eyes! So keep 'em coming!

For those of you haven't seen Samaah up close and personal, take my word for it, it's a real blessing to be in the presence of such a fighter. Her spirit and curiosity is already very apparent and infectious. You can really see that she is an interesting mix of Naila and Hassan. Samaah has Naila's smile and continous energy. And just like how Hassan won't go to sleep just in case he misses something exciting when me and Naila are talking, neither will Samaah!!! She forces her eyes to stay open!

However, it looks like she got her introspective nature from her Mami-ma (that would be me)!!! HA!!! No but seriously, she spends hours just looking around and thinking deeply (or so it seems).

Anyways, with all of Naila's exciting posts, we haven't really provided any information about Samaah's health, so I wanted to summarize the information below:

Last week, Samaah had to be placed back on oxygen as some fluid in her lungs had developed. Alhamdullilah since then, the fluid has subsided with the aid of a pharmaceutical and her vitals all seem good.

However, a somewhat more serious condition was discovered. It seems that Samaah's skull/head maybe a bit smaller than what should be expected at her age/weight/height etc. The doctors are a bit worried about this as they are unsure if it is related to her original heart condition or not. At this point, they are still investigating using genetics as well as a CT scan that will done on her brain.

Finally, over the past couple days, the doctors have also noticed that a minor infection has developed in the incision of her heart surgery. A CT scan has also been planned for her chest area, but as a precaution they have already put her on antibiotics.

Being here in Saskatoon, one realizes the long term follow-up that will be required in this situation and the patience and optimism that Allah has bestowed upon Naila and Hassan. Their focus, strength and resolve are definitely qualities to admire and insha Allah, will be passed down to Samaah as she grows up.

Anyways, they are at home in the evenings and I'm sure they would love to hear from you guys, so call them when you can insha Allah.


  • At October 04, 2006 7:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Assalamu'alaikum Naila,

    Fareheen is definitely right - you guys are really an inspiration for all of us, MashaAllah. May Allah (swt) make this situation easy on both of you. I have to say that Samaah is absolutely adorable mashaAllah!! - i love her eyes, & her adorable little cheeks & her nose &.. ok, pretty much everything else i can see. I pray that any health issues that are present right now are nothing severe, and easy to overcome InshaAllah.

    Lots of luv and duas,
    Hina & Arsalan

  • At October 05, 2006 9:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Naila, it was great to see you yesterday. You are an inspiration to the rest of us. Please do let us know when the results of Samaah's scan come. By the way will we be seeing you on Saturday?


  • At October 28, 2006 4:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Oct.28th 2006
    How are you Naila, i miss you so much! You don't know how sorry i am to hear about Samaah's death (inna lilahi wa inna ilayhi ragi'oon). I am very sorry i couldn't make it to the janazah prayer because Allah alone knows how busy i was. Even though i didn't get to see Samaah, i know she was a cute little girl that was for sure as nice and kind as her mother. My heart goes out to you and your whole family and again i am very sorry i couldn't make it. Samaah is like a sister to me and i feel like she was a huge loss. I am so proud of your iman and patience and encourage you to keep that up. Remember that i am your little sister so whenever you need a friend to talk to or a shoulder to lean on, i will always be there for you whatever the circumstances. Insha Allah, Allah will reward you.

    Again, i apologize for not being there for you like i should have.

    Yours truly,


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