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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-28-2004, 09:17 AM Thread Starter
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Baby Dylan Update

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. ... cal_Images

The Problem:
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 8o 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.

Latest News:
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.
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-28-2004, 09:49 AM
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That's wonderful news, Bean. Dylan is such a beautiful baby! I wish him and his family all the best, and I will continue to keep all of you in my prayers.

He sounds like a trooper, and I'm sure he will grow up healthy and strong!
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post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-28-2004, 10:18 AM
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AAWWW! What a sweet baby, It is so hard to have something like that happen to your child. I am sure your freind was very scared. What good news that he is doing better now.

On a side note, I know a little girl who had a simallar surgery at birth, she is now around 15 and very healthy, aside from the large scar. I do not really know anymore than that, I am only aquaintences with the family. I am not very sure if she has side effects or not. However she appears to be in good shape.

I am sending prayers and well wishes for the baby and family!
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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-28-2004, 01:49 PM
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Great news!
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post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-28-2004, 06:32 PM
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He looks so tiny and frail but apparently he is a little fighter. I am happy he is home and getting better. I will keep him in my thoughts
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post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-28-2004, 06:37 PM
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Great news... glad he is home and doing well.
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post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-28-2004, 08:35 PM
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It's good to see him home.
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I'm so grateful that this little lamb made it. My daughter's baby had the same surgery, so my prayers have been with little little Dylan since I first learned about the problem. We tell our child that the scar (now white) is a reminder of the way God saved her life. Thank God he's all right!


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post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-28-2004, 09:52 PM
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Thank God he's all right!
Yeah... What she said ^^^^


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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-03-2004, 09:04 PM
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I somehow missed this thread. What great news!! He's a beautiful baby.
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