Liam got sick, with what just seemed like a common cold. Jaci started to worry about him as the cold lasted longer and longer and got worse. She brought him into the hospital in Wrangell, AK 3 times before he was admitted and stayed a few nights. He was about to be released Sunday morning, when the doctor check him one last time and decided to run more tests, an xray revealed that he had an enlarged heart. immediately they proceeded to call Seattle Childrens and get a Medivac, this was around noon, we were informed Medivac wouldn't be there til about 2:15. When the plane finally arrived the medivac nurses came in to check out Liam decided he was severely dehydrated and tried to place an IV. They could not find a vein, by this time Paul was working on finding a way to Seatlle. Then the nurses decided to place an IV into his Bone Marrow. When he finally was able to travel and made it to Childrens Hospital, Liam went into cardiac arrest. He was given CPR and he was put onto an ECMO machine which takes over for his heart and lungs so he doesn't have to do as much work. Giving his heart a chance to recover and heal. The next 2 days Liam had arithmias, but not as many as before ECMO, but 2 days into ECMO he was given a procedure that is desgined to relieve the pressure in his dialated heart, immediately after the procedure there were good signs but not enough to even start thinking about taking him off of ECMO. However, he has had almost NO arithmias which is a very good sign. We were told that most of his major Organs are showing signs of recovery and no lasting damage from the arrest that he experienced.
For updates of Liam's conditions please go to: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/liamblakemaddox