Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Surgery for Meladee

So today I got a call from Children's Hospital Cardiology and it was the surgery scheduler.  We have scheduled Meladee's surgery for March 12th.  Pre-Op will be done on March 9th. 

Many people still have questions about her heart condtion and what it is and what they are going to do.  Basically this surgery is a repair surgery.  They are going to patch two holes in her heart and open up a narrow artery and trim her heart muscle because it is a little bigger than it should be.

What she has is a Complete AV Canal Defect and Tetralogy of the Fallot.  Here is descriptions of both"

Complete AV Canal defect (CAVC)

What is it?
A large hole in center of the heart affecting all four chambers where they would normally be divided. When a heart is properly divided, the oxygen-rich blood from the lungs does not mix with the oxygen-poor blood from the body. A CAVC allows blood to mix and the chambers and valves to not properly route the blood to each station of circulation.

Tetralogy of Fallot

What is it?

A heart defect that features four problems.
They are: 
  • a hole between the lower chambers of the heart
  • an obstruction from the heart to the lungs
  • The aorta (blood vessel) lies over over the hole in the lower chambers
  • The muscle surrounding the lower right chamber becomes overly thickened 
If you would like to read more about both of these, more information is avaible at, is the American Heart Assocation website.

We love you all and thank you all for all the support we have gotten.  I will keep you updated as time goes on.

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