The cardiac team performed Ned's heart cath today to determine whether his aorta was interrputed or narrowed. They just came in and let us know that it was a narrowing of the heart which reduced the riskiness of the surgery from like a 9.8 to a 5.5 on a scale of 0-10. I'm not exactly sure how those numbers correlate, like if that means he has a 50.0% chance of surviving the surgery or a 50.5% chance of the surgery going off without a hitch. The surgeon used the word "risky" and I'll have to ask for clarification when they come back by. The good news is that the aorta isn't interrupted so they won't have to put Ned on the heart/lung bypass machine prior to beginning surgery. What an answer to prayer. I was prepared for Ned to need the ECMO machine before he was born because they had really prepared me for that, but since he has so easily been able to avoid it (thank you precious Lord), now I can't stand the thought of him needing that. As we stand, God continues to be our rock and answer my little prayers among the big one (healing, of course). They will keep ECMO available during surgery in the event that his lungs can't sustain, but I'm believing that God will continue to allow Ned's little life to be a miracle to all around him.
They have just brought Ned back to the room. He did well during the cath except for an increased, heart rythm which they quickly corrected with medication. We're still not sure when his surgery would be. It will most likely be scheduled for next week, but they could potentially perform it tomorrow? Please be praying that God will miraculously heal Ned's little heart and safely guide him through this surgery as He did the last time. I just pray that God will continue to hover around Ned wherever he is and that through this, God's awesome healing power will be revealed to many. I am just thanking Him for how far he has brought us and how many blessings He has already bestowed on our lives. While it's difficult to imagine now, I'm sure that one day I'll be glad I was chosen by God to have this experience to learn how to really appreciate the blessings and precious people God has placed in our lives, as well as, learn how to draw really near to Him at all times so that during the difficult times, He is already very close by.
Thank you for all your diligent prayers for little Ned. Your dedication to my child inspires and uplifts me daily!
Betsy, Travis, Jack & Ned