As the doctors had predicted before he was born, Gus was born with secondary Prune Belly Syndrome due to his bladder and abdomen being so stretched out for so long while in the womb. This did not allow Gus’s abdominal muscles to develop and as a result he has no abdominal wall. This does not cause him any pain or discomfort but it does impose some limitations on his physical abilities. We will also need to be cautious to help him avoid any trauma to his belly, as he has no ab muscles protecting his organs. There are options we will have when Gus gets bigger to improve this aspect of his health. One possible option is an abdominoplasty, where they would take a small amount of muscle from the back of his leg and use it to build “ab muscles” for him.
Also, as predicted, Gus’s bladder is very damaged from being stretched beyond comprehension. We aren’t sure what that means for him yet and only time will tell. Much of it depends on how well his bladder is able to heal and how it continues to develop. Next week, they will finally remove the catheter after his bladder has healed from the surgery. At that time, we’ll get a better idea of his current bladder function and see if he can urinate without assistance.