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Theo and Arthur Kooistra Theo and Arthur

First post: Dec 5, 2017 Latest post: May 21, 2018
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. 
Theo and Arthur are both scheduled for surgery on Friday, December 8th.  Theo's surgery will be first and Arthur's will follow.  
After surgery, the boys will be on floor 7 at the American Family Children's Hospital in Madison, WI.  Visitors will need to check in at the security desk and then, upon arrival to the 7th floor, use the video call to gain access to the floor.
If you are curious about the reason for the surgery, a great deal of information can be found here:  https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pectus-excavatum/symptoms-causes/syc-20355483
Theo will have the Nuss procedure (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuss_procedure) which involves inserting a metal bar, flipping the bar to force the rib cage out, and then closing him up and managing the pain.  In 3 years, he will have the bar removed (if all goes according to plan).  Since Theo is older than the typical candidate for this procedure, his recovery is expected to take longer and be more painful.  However, he is looking forward to the results!
Arthur's situation is a little more complex.  He will have the Ravitch procedure (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pectus_excavatum#Ravitch_technique) and the decision to do the Nuss procedure in addition will be made during the surgery.  Arthur's lungs and heart have been affected by the ribs and we are hopeful that the surgery will allow his heart to return to its normal placement and function and that his heart valves will return to their normal structure to allow them to fully open and close like normal.  Arthur is anxious about having his chest cracked into, but is hopeful that he'll be able to breathe normally and take a walk without being exhausted!
Please check in here for updates and information about visiting the boys!
We are thankful for all your prayers!
Jen, Brad, Theo, and Arthur

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