Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Widnerlande's Successful Surgery!

At long last, Widnerlande had surgery at Sutter Memorial Medical Center in Sacramento on Monday. I am happy to report that the surgery was very successful and her recovery is going well. In the operating room, they discovered that she had two VSDs (Ventrical Septal Defects), which are openings between the lower chambers of the heart. One was so small, it wasn't visible to the naked eye. Both openings have been patched. This surgery will add decades to Widnerlande's life. Her resting heart rate would go has high as 164 a minute and her respiration rate could get to 80 breaths a minute. These were signs that her little heart was having to work too hard. With the repairs, her heart and lungs and whole body will have an easier time of it.

So many people helped make this happen, (please read John's account) but the two guys most responsible are pictured above: my wonderful husband John Carroll, who for six years, never gave up on Widnerlande and Dr. Teimour Nasirov a great guy and a great surgeon who worked his magic in the operating room.

We also thank from the bottom of our hearts, Sutter Memorial Medical Center for their generosity to Widnerlande. Because of everyone's efforts, a little girl from a very poor family in Haiti will live decades longer than she would have.

1 comment:

Andrea said...

I found your blog through the RMH link on Facebook. My son also has a heart defect and has had three open-heart surgeries. I am now the coordinator for a parent support group called Mended Little Hearts and Dr. Nasirov is a great support to our organization. I'm so glad that Widnerlande had a successful surgery! What a blessing you and your husband are to the people of Haiti. I look forward to reading more about your endeavors there.