07 March 2012

Out of Surgery

Eddie is out of surgery and stable. The stent was placed successfully and his left atrial pressure has dropped dramatically which is very important to avoid pressure building up in his lungs.

He is still showing very poor heart function so the bypass is basically doing all of the work. Where his left ventricle used to pump well but struggled to relax, it is now showing significant weakness in the "squeeze" or pumping function. This has not changed after surgery and we can only hope he will regain some independent pumping ability in the days ahead.

This was a very high-risk procedure and we are thankful he came through ok. He is still very heavily sedated so we're hoping to see more responsiveness tomorrow after he recovers a bit more.

Sarah and I are staying at the hospital tonight and will share more tomorrow as we have news.


  1. Thank you for posting this! I have been anxious all night worrying about that little guy and his parents. So happy to hear that the surgery went well. More and more prayers! Love from all of us!

  2. We are so grateful you are in the care of such capable doctors, nurses and friends! and for the knowledge that the Lord is ultimately in charge.
    We feel so far away. Give Eddie some kisses and hugs from Grandma and Grandpa "D."
    Don't forget to eat! We love you!

  3. Thanks for taking the time to update us! Lots of fasting and praying for Eddie. We hope the kids are doing ok, all things considered.

  4. I just heard about your cute little boy. We are sending you lots of hugs and prayers from the Carter family.

  5. John, My mother just sent this link to me today from your father. I can't even Comprehend what you and your family must be going through. My prayers are with you and your family during this rough time.
    Alicia Forbes Chism

  6. Can't stop thinking about you and your family. We love you guys and want you to know you're in our prayers too. Good luck with everything. We're here for you and your family any time.

  7. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.