Feel The FORCE
As a Star Wars fan George has been using the power of the Force in his journey
MAY THE FORCE OF GOD BE WITH HIM AND WITH YOU<
George had open heart surgery on September 20th at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to correct a congenital heart defect, L transposition of the great arteries (LTGA) with double outlet right ventricle (DORV). It was a very complex surgery (Senning and Rastelli double switch) that started out well; however, complications began when they could not get him off bypass and had to put him on ECMO, a machine which performs the heart function while the heart recuperates. They were able to get him off ECMO 5 days later but he has had one complication after another since that time. As of now, they are trying to get him extubated for the third time, which has been a balancing act of eliminating fluids so lungs quit collapsing while keeping enough fluid for kidneys to function. He has also been battling EAT, an arrhythmia that is not uncommon with this type of operation. He has suffered damage (similar to a frostbite) to his extremities due to poor perfusion when on ECMO. A plastic surgeon and orthopedic surgeon are waiting to see what regeneration occurs and will determine what steps to take for George to have maximum use of his hands and feet. This has obviously been a very difficult time; however, we have learned to take it day by day, rely fully on our faith, and lean on the love and the prayers of our friends and family. Words cannot express how blessed we feel to have so much outpouring of support from all of you!