Don't know how many people on the site know what had happened, but during my disappearance a friend/co-worker's new born baby was diagnosed with severe heart problems and had to undergo open heart surgury about a week after birth. Chances of living through surgury were 50/50, and without nill. Needless to say it was very stressfull, and I thank everyone (especially Jeanie) for their prayers for the baby, and for helping me get through as well.
Here's the latest update - as of the 23rd he's HOME! He had the surgury and it went very well, but in my mind I was still worried. Him being home is a HUGE relief. Hopefully I'll get to see him sometime, but it won't be a while for risk of transmitting any germs or viruses in his still relatively unstable condition. I'm sure prayers are still welcome, but this is a good sign nonetheless.
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Dylan has a congenital heart disease (CHD). His heart formed in such a way that both of the arteries to the heart (aorta and pulmonary) both supply the right ventricle. But because of the way the rest of the heart formed (other holes and natural "plumbing" native to newborns) he has been lucky to maintain circulation. He is also lucky to have two strong ventricles (pumps).
Dylan made it through the surgery!!! It was a very long day on Thursday for all. Especially him. He went in at 8
o am and we were able to see him at around 6:00 pm. They said it was a huge procedure but they were able to do their first choice of options. Basically they were able to repair his heart to normal.
Dylan is doing very well. His chest is still open but they hope to be able to close it in the next few days as soon as more fluid is drained off. We can even see his heart beating beneath an opaque membrane on his chest. This is very cool and awe-inspiring. His kidneys are functioning very well, so that should speed up things. He is in a state of drug paralysis and is doped up to keep him low-key.
HOME! HOME! HOME! Incredibly we are all home today. We were discharged late yesterday afternoon after meeting with the cardiologist (Dr. Warren). The results of the Holter monitor showed that Dylan has a extra heartbeat at this time but that could resolve itself as the heart heals or he could live fine with it for his lifetime and just have an odd arrhythmia. The Lung Scan did show that more blood is going to one side of his lungs (about a 67% - 33% difference based on a 45% - 55% norm) but that is acceptable to them.