Wednesday, February 18, at 7:30am we handed our sweet little baby over for open heart surgery. I thought leaving him for the night in the NICU was the hardest thing I would ever do. I was wrong. Handing your precious baby over for a 10 hour open heart surgery is by far the emotionally, physically and mentally draining thing I have ever done. David and I were crying. We cried before we handing him over and cried in the elevator hallway before we went down to the waiting room. We knew it needed to happen in order for Case to live. We would have just given anything to take his place. Because of the complexity of his defect, Dr. Fraser, Case's surgeon, wasn't sure which route he would take for the fix until Case was opened up. Praise Jesus, he was able to do an Arterial Switch. This will require less open heart surgeries in the future if all goes well. We received several updates during surgery, this helped ease the tension and anxiety we were feeling (along with SO many people praying for Case, his team and us!). Around 6:30pm he was finally off bypass, closed up and moved up to the Cardio Vascular ICU. After a very long day, and much anticipation, we were finally about to see our boy around 8:45. He was hooked up to so many machines, wires poking out, tubes everywhere but still just as perfect to us then as he was when we sent him in.
Case isn't out of the woods yet, and will forever need long term follow up care with cardiology and will face more open heart surgeries in the future.
As of now, he is in recovery. His kidneys are having a bit of trouble so they have started him on dialysis. They will do this for about 4 days to help discard waste. His team of doctors are working on getting all the medicines and fluids at the right levels so he can heal. His pressures are still fluctuating and his heart rate is fast but this is not out of the norm for a neonate that has undergone extensive open heart surgery.
This is the sweetest family you will ever meet and one of the strongest!! Shelbie has been my bestfriend since Kindergarten and I consider her my sister. If you would like to help them out in anyway, dontation or prayers..either would be appreciated!! We are trying to raise money to help them out with the medical and travel expenses. Shelbie and David both work full time but Shelbie has had to be off for several weeks due to Case's condition. This would be a huge burden lifted from their shoulders if we could help them out.
Thank you in advance and God Bless!
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