Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Day 6 12/14/09

8:30 a.m. We meet with Dr. Tsai and nurse Beth to go over Hank's procedure. They started off by telling us Hank's procedure will be moved to Thursday morning. There is another baby that is not as stable as Hank, and needed surgery sooner. In Hank's surgery they are going to cut the great arteries just above the heart and switch them to the correct position. The most critical part is the two coronary arteries that are connected to the pulmonary artery. They are two tiny arteries that have to be moved and put in the back perfect spot. Dr. Tsai said there are not many things that have to be done perfectly in life, but this is one of them. His surgery should last about 4-6 hours. They will leave his chest open for a few days after the operation. This way they will won't have to make another incision if there are complications. Dr. Tsai mentioned his recovery time will be 3-4 weeks, instead of the 4-6 weeks Beth told us Friday. The doctor told us all the risks and percentages of something bad happening. We then signed all the consent forms. We left our meeting very confident in our doctors and we know that God has put Hank exactly where he needs to be.

5:15 p.m.

The nurse said they are going to stop giving him prostaglandins. The prostaglandins are keeping a small blood vessel called the PDA open. The PDA is a connection between the two great arteries outside of the heart and allows blood from the left side and the right side to mix. While in the womb, the PDA in all of us is open, and at birth it begins to close. The doctors gave Hank prostaglandins to keep his open. He is doing really well and are going to allow his to start closing now.

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