Charlotte's Journey Home

Just a Regular Kid, Sort Of

Surgeon Looks Happy (#CHDAware)

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Update #4: Dr. Backer stopped by about 30 minutes ago, coffee in hand, imprint from surgical cap still on his forehead, and grin on his face.

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Bubba sits on the gurney outside the surgical suite, keeping guard.

 

Bottom line: Charlotte is out of surgery and he is happy with the results. As he was talking, the surgical team was getting ready to bring Charlotte up to the CCU. We should be able to see her in an hour.

If you don’t need details, you can stop reading there!  If you want more, read on:

The doctor replaced her 16mm Dacron conduit and valve with a 22mm conduit and valve. That means that she has a valve the approximate size of mine. He said that the new valve (her last one was placed in 2007) are made better than the old ones. And it is big enough that there is a good chance that a valve replacement, if needed, might be done via catheter procedure. No one can say for sure that this is her last open heart surgery, but this one went as well as can be expected.

p.s. The new valve is still a “piggy valve,” so kiddo will still be able to snort when she laughs.

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Author: Culture Bean

I am a mother, a pre-published children's author, and a published academic. I am also a "mommy blogger," though I hate the term. My passions are reading and writing. As a professor, I strive to help my students think critically about the media and culture with which they engage. I've started this blog because it's time I put my money where my mouth is!

4 thoughts on “Surgeon Looks Happy (#CHDAware)

  1. My dad had a porcine valve too! Still praying & sending love….

    Deborah

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  2. Glad the worst of the worry is over and now we keep praying for a fast recovery. Thinking about you guys!

  3. So glad things went well!! What could be better than a smiling surgeon?! (No, that’s not the beginning of a joke). Take care of yourselves and each other.
    Love,
    Aviva

  4. Pingback: Flashback #3: The Surgeon Smiles, The Parents Breath (#CHDAware) | Charlotte's Journey Home

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