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.