Friday, February 1, 2008

Miracle Day!

"And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast" 1 Peter 5:10

Today was a Miracle Day! Annabelle came through the Norwood procedure and is doing well in the PCICU. The surgery that was supposed to take about 6-7 hours ended up lasting over 9 hours. God works miracles through Dr. Bradley's hands and He did so today. Annabelle did very well throughout surgery but when Dr. Bradley took her off the heart lung bypass machine to check everything before completing surgery, he was not completely satisfied with a small "kink" the lower portion of her aorta. So, he went back and re-did a portion of the surgery to his satisfaction. Thank the Lord that Dr. Bradley is a perfectionist!
Scott and I arrived at the hospital around 5:30 to spend time with our daughter. We both got to hold her and love on her before they took her to surgery at 6:30. We were allowed back into PCICU at 4:45 to see her after surgery. She is on paralytic drugs causing her to be in a so called drug induced coma. She is on a ventilator and her chest remains open with a sterile strip over it until Dr. Bradley decides it is okay to close her chest in the next days. The next 24-48 hours are critical. We praise God for what He has already done today and know that our sweet angel is in His arms! Please pray fervently for Annabelle and her medical staff as she faces the next hurdle of these few days.
God has granted us an indescribable peace as we know He is in control and His plan is Divine. We have been so touched by everyone's comments, cards, gifts, and, mostly, prayers. The outpouring of Godly love amazes us.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a relief to know the precious little one is doing well. You remain in my prayers...
Much love,
Linda

Julie Miles said...

So glad to hear the good report! It sounds like you've got a great surgeon and medical team there at MUSC! Praying for the next 24-48 hours to go smooth as well. Glad to hear that God has given you peace through Annabelle's surgery and journey thus far since birth. Praying you'll continue to know and rely on the peace of God that surpasses all understanding!

The Hardy Family said...

Praise the Lord! I'm so glad that the surgery went well and that Dr. Bradley took such good care of her. We will continue to pray for her during these next few critical hours. I love the sweet pictures of Wyatt kissing his sweet baby sister. She is such a beautiful baby and I still love the hair bows! :) Your adorable pictures bring tears to my eyes. God bless you and we are continuing to pray....
Love,
Lea

The Chavis Family said...

We are so thankful to hear this good news. Today we prayed the doctors would take great care in even the smallest details. It really sounds like they did. :) We will continue to pray over the next 2 days that everything will continue to go well. Annabelle doesn't know yet, but she is really lucky to have you two as her parents.
Love, Joe and Kim

Anonymous said...

She is a TOTAL gift from the Lord!!! That is the most precious picture of her sweet little smile, we just loved it!!!! We know that God is working, we are praying for you daily. Tell Wyatt that Gracie loved seeing him be soooo sweet to his baby sister.
Love You All,
Buffy, Jeremy, & Gracie

wahoolb said...

Prayers continue for this 24-48 hour time ( I remember it very well). We will continue to pray for Annabelle during this time of recovery, pray for the medical team working with her, pray for continued strength for Mommy, Daddy and family. We thank God everyday for Dr. Bradley and his staff, for saving our wonderful heart babies, especially our Raleigh!

I will be down at MUSC on Sunday and have some gifts for Annabelle and Wyatt. I will come by the PCICU waiting room and hope to find some of your family. I will be wearing a Saving Little Hearts T-shirt.

Please give Annabelle kisses from us, hugs to Wyatt and hugs to Daddy and Mommy. We hold your family in our prayers!

The Ballard Family
Courtney, Leslie, Raleigh and Stevie

The Jackson Family said...

Our entire family has been praying for your family, especially Annabelle and her surgery today. At 1:30PM today, Annabelle was still so strong on my heart and mind, I had to stop and pray yet again for her and the entire surgical team. Our God is a God of miracles and know that Annabelle is resting in His hands as He heals her little heart. We will continue to lift you all up in prayer, asking for peace, strength, and healing. We also LOVED the pictures, especially Wyatt kissing Annabelle and the one of Annabelle smiling! How precious! Stay strong and keep the faith! We are so glad that Annabelle was victorious in her first encounter with the giant!
We love you! Love, Mrs. Kathy, Mr. Bobby and Brittany

Keri Floyd said...

Annabelle is GORGEOUS! She's a Little Wyatt! I am so glad things are going well! I am praying for all of you!
Love,
Keri

Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord! I am always in awe of Dr. Bradley and his work. God directs his hands for sure. Glad to hear that Annabelle is on her way to recovery. That was a very big hurdle for her. Our prayers are still with her for this weekend. Hang in there mom and dad!
Rick and Kelly Potter

The Gandy Family said...

We are so happy that things went well. I prayed contantly ar work all day yesterday and even into the night. I let as many know yesterday that she was in surgery and started numerous pray chains. Praise God that all went well. This giant knows exactly who is in control - Jesus Christ. We will continue to pray for her and your family during the next difficult hours, days, and months.
"God is so good."

Jason, Leigh Ann, Alexandria, and Katherine Gandy

Anonymous said...

We are so happy to hear that Annabelle is doing so well. God is good! You remain in our prayers.

Bryan and Heather Jones

Jessica said...

Thank you, God! We are so happy and continue to pray for Annabelle. :)

Anonymous said...

Welcome to the world Miss Annabelle. I am praying for you, and your family. I hope to meet
you at one of our wonderful
family reunions. Please tell
your mom and dad and brother,
Congratulations from me and my
family.
Love your cousin, Linda

Anonymous said...

Please know how much you all are lifted up in prayer! I'm so glad the surgery went well! She is SOOOO beautiful! I hope that you are getting some rest and taking care of yourselves as well!
With Christ's love,
Dene Johnston and family

Mimi said...

Praise God for another miracle in little Annabelle's life! So happy to hear that her first surgery went well, and know that we will continue to lift all of you during hte coming days and weeks.
Love, Gary and Marie Hogue

Mandy DaWalt said...

Rebecca and family-
Just wanted to let you know, my daughter Gracie is SOOOO in love with baby Annabelle!! She ask her preschool class to pray for "Baby Tinkerbelle" in class Friday because of her big surgery to fix her heart!! Baby "Tinkerbelle" is now a regular in our daily prayers! All our love is with you all and we can't wait for the day to meet Baby Annabelle in person!!
Y'all are deeply loved and prayed for!
Mandy DaWalt and my clan!!

TPB said...

That is wonderful news and we will keep praying for 'Baby Annabelle,' as Cody calls her. Thanks for the great pictures of your sweet little girl.

love,
tiffany and family

Anonymous said...

What a blessing to hear that our little precious Annabelle made it through the surgery and is doing well. God is so good. She is so darling! Just know I love you and am praying for you. "To God be the glory great things He has done."

Love ya,
Roomie