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.

10 comments:

Rachel said...

Yeah! She is one tough cookie!

Julie said...

That is awesome! Way to go Mia!!!

anniewalkfam said...

wow, I am so happy I'm crying. What wonderful news. I can only imagine how happy you guys are as her parents. We all knew she'd be a fighter. Congrats and I hope it's nothing but continued good news. I hope you guys have gotten to hold her too!

Sheri said...

That is so wonderful! Thanks for all the updates - We continue to pray for miracles every day!!

The Eggett Family said...

That is such good news - Yay for Mia!!!

Mindy said...

Yeah Mia!I am so happy for you guys. She is beautiful. She's a fighter! We will pray for continued good new!

Rebecca said...

Yahoo!

The Coatney's said...

YEAH!!! Tears comes to my eyes when I read this post. What a fighter. You can see Gods hand in this one. What blessed parents you are to have God's little angel. We will continue to pray for your whole family. Keep fighting. We are waiting for more good news!

Heather said...

Yay Mia! What good news, praises to God for all the miracles thus far. And praises for all the skilled doctors, nurses and medical professionals. I am praying for Mia and for your whole family. You are all quite amazing!
Heather Irey

The Bankston Family said...

Ahh, Mia is adorable. She has so much hair! I am happy to hear things are going well. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. We love you guys!