Jul 10, 2008
Another Big Victory
Dr. Johnston just informed us that the procedure was a success! And done a half hour early at that! He is world renowned in his field with the balloon catheter. They were able to successfully enter through an artery in the groin area (about 3 millimeters in diameter) with the balloon catheter. The catheter is fed in and guided by looking at real-time x-rays (fluoroscopy). The Valve has been opened (it developed being fused shut) and only leaks mildly. Once more, this is far beyond anything we could have hoped for. There was a large worry that upon opening, the valve would let blood through, but also let blood leak both ways instead of closing. Yeah Mia! Another show of the strength in the number of people praying for little Mia. Now, what will really make a difference is how the left ventricle decides to react. There are a couple different medications that stimulate the heart muscle and this will be done with hopes to get the left side of her heart to begin pumping. We have already seen so many miracles. It seems that each step so far, the results have been best case scenario. But if that chamber starts to pump...there is a chance of avoiding heart transplant. We never even thought this was a possibility! There is still only a remote chance, but she is beating the odds so far.
Posted crazily by John Boy at 1:02 PM