The big day has come and gone! We arrived at the hospital at 6:30 a.m. and changed Averi into the cutest hospital gown ever. After talking to the anesthesiologist, ENT doctor, and heart surgeon, we walked her to the OR at 8:00, gave her kisses, and had to walk away.After only 5 hours of surgery, Averi was brought to the Cardiac ICU at 1:00p.m. Dr. Galantowicz, the heart surgeon, came to tell us that, drum roll please…everything went great! He had to repair her Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD), a very large hole between the lower chambers in her heart. He was even impressed by how big the hole was. He also tied off her Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA), a vessel on the heart that didn’t close at birth, and repaired a very small Atrial Septal Defect (ASD), a hole between the upper chambers of her heart that just needed one stitch.
She was placed on a heart lung bypass machine for the surgery but came off of it very quickly with normal heart rhythms. They didn’t even have to place temporary pacemaker wires, which would have been needed if any abnormal rhythms were detected.
When we saw her in the CICU she had a drainage tube coming out of her chest (to drain junk from around her heart and lungs), an arterial line in her groin, a central line in her neck, an IV in her thumb, several holes in her arms and legs where they tried to place IV’s and failed, a catheter, and a very large bandage running down her chest. She was very agitated at first, causing a lot of blood to drain out, and had to be given a little more blood. She never really settled for very long before crying again, except when the nurse pushed the “feel good” button.
By the end of the day, Averi finally started to calm down a little and the drainage slowed as well. We are continually amazed by the medical advancements that have given our daughter life. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers!