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post #1 of 96 (permalink) Old 02-03-2009, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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My niece had heart surgery (Homecoming update!)

My beautiful niece Evie was born 16 months ago with a couple of heart issues: 1. she didn't have a pulmonary artery, which is what provides oxygenated blood to the lungs. 2. The bottom of her heart has a single ventricle, instead of two - the wall that should separate them never grew. She had two surgeries last year to put shunts in to create the pulmonary artery, because of course she has to get oxygen to her lungs. She did quite well with those two surgeries, but it wasn't enough, and her blood oxygen is still not high enough. So this Thursday she's going in for a third shunt, possible replacement of the first two, and also a donor valve to create more of a real pulmonary artery. She'll have to be on a heart/lung machine for this surgery, and they'll have to stop her heart to put the new valve in. And everything down the road is dependent on how this surgery goes - if she can't get enough oxygen to her lungs, she can't have the surgery to address the ventricle issue. We don't even know what that would mean, but I know it's not good. I can't even begin to describe the stress my sister is going through right now......

Evie is a twin, and she and her brother Gavin have a blog, if any of you would like to see them. http://legendarytwins.blogspot.com/ She could use some prayers, purrs and warm thoughts!

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Wow, Evie is so cute and so is Gavin. My prayers and good thoughts are definitely going out to you. Please let us know how the surgery goes.
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*closes eyes to send good thoughts and healing wishes*



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Oh, my heart goes out to you, your family, and especially little Evie. I am sending prayers that everything goes smoothly. What a little sweetie she is, and Gavin also.
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Prayers and good wishes for Evie and your family.

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Thanks everyone..... it's good to know people are cheering for her! My brother-in-law described more about the surgery on the blog, but couldn't bring himself to talk about HOW they stop her heart. He's usually really good at talking about her surgery details, so I'm not sure I'd want to know how they do that part if he can't handle hearing it. Good thing she's a tough little girl!

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How heartbreaking that she held on to the tissue package all day. She's a brave little girl. Many, many prayers and good thoughts for her as she goes forward on the journey. The entire family will be included in my prayers- I can't imagine how hard it is on everyone.


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Sending lots of good wishes and healing thoughts Evies way! Toby sends lots of purrs and head rubs too.

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Wow... Hope all goes well!
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