Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Heart Surgery, Round II

Lucy had a cardiac cath procedure yesterday to help explain the continued oxygen requirements and the handful of heart medications that she has been on since her heart surgery in August of 2009. Unfortunately, a significant Atrial Septal Defect (a hole in the wall that separates the right and left atriums of the heart) was found, causing oxygenated blood returning from the lungs to mix with deoxygenated blood. Also, there is a minor hole in the repaired patch of her ventricle wall from her first surgery. The mitral and tricuspid valves also have slight leaking which will need to be repaired.

Lucy's surgery date is scheduled for June 20th. We were afraid that she would need another heart surgery, but we didn't expect it to be so soon. It's a nice relief to finally have an explanation for her complications and luckily it's something that can be repaired. Putting Lucy through another open heart surgery is the last thing we want to do, but if it fixes her heart and takes away her continuous oxygen requirement, then it's obviously something that has to be done to give her the freedom she deserves. We just hope this surgery goes better than the first one.

7 comments:

Becca said...

Oh, poor little girl!! I'm glad they found those issues now, though, rather than later, or not at all. Glad they're repairable. Hope all goes smoothly in June.

Mom to Max said...

We are thinking and praying for you guys! Heart surgery flat out stinks, but the end result is worth it. Lucy is a tough little girl. I hope all things go well for you guys.

Abby Spice said...

Sending our love to Lucy. She'll be fine. Kid's a trouper.

Ilisa Ailts said...

Lots of prayers for Lucy and your family! I pray she has a quick and FULL recovery.

Anne and Whitney: Up, Down and All Around said...

so sorry for you guys and for lucy that she needs another open heart - but hopefully this one will go MUCH better and will make her heart all better and finally GET RID OF HER OXYGEN TANK!!!
thinking of you!!!

kanselm said...

Kyle may have to pay her a visit, since they are heart buddies! We will be thinking of you.

Sheva said...

Hi i recently came across your blog from Pudge and Biggie's blog. Anyways i wanted to say i was thinking of you guys today. I scrolled through a lot of your blogs and now i am head over heals for your sweet Lucy.I cant wait to hear good news soon.Prayers, good vibes, hugs and everything else!