Another quick update to let everyone know Eddie's surgery was successful. The actual cannulation only took 30 minutes or so and they were able to place the tubes in the same location (neck) since the artery and vein were still viable . . . all good news.
So here's the plan for now . . . Eddie will stay on ECMO until Monday at the earliest to give a few days for his lungs to clear up. At that point, if his lungs are strong, we'll make plans to transition to a Berlin Heart later in the week. If his lungs aren't 100% yet, we'll stay on ECMO and hope that a few more days will help. Since the Berlin Heart is purely a pumping device and doesn't do anything for the lungs, it is critical that Eddie's lungs are completely healthy before implantation.
During our physician conference today we discovered that only 30 restrictive cardiomyopathy patients in the world have had a Berlin Heart implanted so our team is essentially casting the mold with Eddie. With virtually no literature on the subject, this is more art than science . . . and our hope is that whatever our team learns from Eddie they can apply to help other patients in the future. Way to be a pioneer, Eddie!