Thursday, September 24, 2009

Surgical Update # 4

We just met with Dr. M. He came in with a big smile on his face which is always reassuring when he just cut open our child's heart! Everything went well - he was very surprised (shocked actually) when he opened up Elle's heart to repair her pulmonary valve. According to Dr. M, this was one of the only, if not the only, Tetralogy of Fallot cases that he has seen where the pulmonary valve was so closed but there was still a little blood flowing through. Her valve was boarding on atresia which is where it is completely closed. It is pretty amazing that she lasted as long as she did with the shunt (that was put in on April 13) considering how closed her valve was. Praise the LORD!! When he went in, he kept cutting into her pulmonary valve and it never opened up. It wasn't until he went in from the top that he was able to open it up. He opened up the valve and was able to open it up to a pretty good size. Her ventricle septal defect (VSD) was huge according to Dr. M. With the repairs, Dr. M said that it could be years if not decades before she has to come back in for another complete repair. Let's pray for decades!!! We haven't seen her yet - but hopefully we will be able to go back and see her in a while. Thank you for all your prayers! The next 12 hours are critical in Elle's road to recovery. Praise the LORD for all his wondrous glories!!!

1 comment:

Claudia Coto said...

Praise the Lord, God is always faithful. I'm so happy for you - specially Ellen, what a strong little girl! God bless you all!!