@ 3:30 pm notified that they had taken Shane off the Heart-Lung Machine and they were finishing up the surgery.
@ 4:15 pm we met with Dr Pigula...he is very happy with the surgery...they fully closed the VSD- hole between the ventricles. Conduit in place with valve and the collaterals relocated. Pulmonary pressure was acceptable. We thought of a lot of questions but decided to give the Doctor a rest until tomorrow...he looked tired but encouraged by the results of his and his team's work. It also helps when God is on your team.
@ 5:20 pm, Susie allowed to go back to Cardiac ICU to see Shane. Olivia and I get to wait back in the family room--only 2 people allowed to visit including children. So we wait as she entertains a 3 year old boy with the play toys...she definitely has a gift of befriending other children.
Thank you all for all your prayers....we have witnessed God's amazing grace and mercy. We serve a mighty God and we see his finger prints all over the details of this amazing journey for Shane and the rest of our family. We will update you as we have additional details. For now we expect Shane to stay in the Hospital 5 to 7 days followed by 5 to 7 days out patient before we return to Chesapeake.
These are not pictures for the faint of heart. Shane is in very capable hands...many doctors and nurses are carefully monitoring him. However, the next 24 hours are very critical! Please continue to pray: specifically that Shane's systems stabilize, that his heart rate will fall more toward the normal range, that the bleeding(which is normal post op) will cease, that his heart also adjusts with no arrhythmia, and that he feels the presence of the Lord all around!