Stephen Penner

First post: Jul 8, 2021 Latest post: Oct 19, 2021
I knew something was wrong when Stephen started taking naps in the middle of the day.  The boy never naps.  I attributed it to late nights as summer vacation had recently started.  It was the cough, and a concern for walking pneumonia, that triggered a trip to the doctor.

Routine chest x-rays showed a possible heart enlargement and Stephen was referred to Minot for an echocardiogram on June 30th.  According to the doctor who reviewed the results, Stephen's heart was pumping at 10% efficiency.  And so Stephen was flown to Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

As the doctors at Mayo evaluated Stephen, they were concerned that Stephen as at risk of a negative heart event, so they hooked him up to an ECMO machine, which assists the heart in moving blood through the body.

The doctors are working to keep him calm and stable in an effort to give his heart a rest.  The hope and prayer is that his heart will recover and he will be able to come off the ECMO machine.

However, given the condition of his heart and the lack of much progress, the doctors have also started the process and preparations for a heart transplant.  The doctors feel that his current level of health and the severity of his condition will cause his name to quickly move to the top of the transplant list.

We are very thankful for the prayers and encouragement of church, school, friends, and family.  As always, man does the possible, God does the impossible