Monday, July 2, 2007

Back to the Cath Lab... Again.

The Dr's have decided that the pressure in Noah's heart is still really bad so they need to go back in and stretch the hole in his heart even bigger. They will never be able to get him off the vent with the pressures so high and it's very important to get him off because it will help make him stronger for transplant. He will go in tomorrow afternoon or first thing Wednesday morning (it was suppose to be tomorrow morning but the lab is having power problem... *shrug*)

The Dr also mentioned that the Surgeon might decide he needs surgery to place bands around the veins into his lungs. This would compress them and keep them from getting too big. His heart is causing him to have really bad pulmonary hypertension. And I guess they are starting to worry about causing lung damage so they think the bands might help. I haven't been able to discuss this with the Drs really since they just mentioned it during rounds. So when I have more information I will post it. But I do know that this would be a surgery not just a cath lab visit. Instead of doing from the front of his chest it would be an incision under his arm (Like Tyler had to close his PDA). They also might stint open his PDA at the same time so he can come off the PGE meds that are currently keeping it open. But they haven't decided that yet.

I want to thank all of you who have posted such supportive comments on my blog. It's comforting to know that you are interested in his progress and praying for him.


  1. Well, any surgery is stinky and not fun for us moms but it sounds like this would be a big help to Noah...and to get him strong for transplant. Keep us informed...

  2. We are waiting on the update of the last visit! Happy Fourth. I know you were looking forward to fire works somewhere. We are missing em to! Let us know how things are..

    Nancy, tyler and D


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