Atlas has rare bilateral lung cysts that are very unusual in how they presented and they are unsure exactly what they are. They said the cysts could have been caused by the trauma in the NICU at his birth, or they may be congenital malformations, or it could be an early childhood cancer. We are praying it's not cancer and he has a great outcome. They are taking out the right lung lobe first since it is growing faster than the left. After the surgery, they will send his lung to pathology and we will hopefully get the results back before he is released from the PICU. These results will tell us what the cysts are, and determine if he needs his left upper lung removed soon, or if he can wait a year or until that cyst grows again. They are hoping he can have a longer time between the surgeries so his body has a chance to adapt to the changes and heal. They say if his remaining lungs are healthy he should live a normal life, he just won't be an athlete, but he should be able to run and play on a playground with friends. At the same time, we know people do amazing things, and he could surprise us all. 😃
Here's a prayer for Atlas. Please pray it with your family tonight and during this time of his surgery.
I am a child of God and I am perfectly made. I have the capacity to breathe in the fullness of this life that God has given just to me. I love living life out loud. The breathe of life flows easily. I take in love. I breathe out and let go. I am happy, joyous and free because I know God loves me!