Friday, July 18, 2014

Russian Roulette

We spoke with the surgeon and other doctors yesterday about Roscoe's surgery plans. He is scheduled for Monday morning and the surgery will last for an unknown amount of time. The surgeon told us he purposefully doesn't tell parents a time limit, because in the past when he has they panic if the surgery takes 30 minutes longer or comes in an hour shorter.


The surgery will involve splitting open Roscoe's ribcage, locating the two pulmonary veins, cutting them open, and then sewing a channel around them. It is what he called a suture-less surgery, because they are cutting the veins open without stitching them back up. He said they found that stitching the veins makes it more likely that scar tissue would form in the veins (very bad). To accomplish this, they will lower Roscoe's body temperature down to below 50 degrees to slow the flow of blood through his body. They will also need to stop his heart for a short period while the cuts are made, during which they will use a heart & lung machine to circulate and oxygenate his blood for his body and brain. He may still be on the heart & lung machine if his body has difficulties recovering from surgery.

The doctor called it a "high risk" surgery and when we asked him about the odds of survival he couldn't give a specific number. He said that the odds were "more likely than not" that he would survive, but he said he couldn't say whether that meant a 51% chance of survival or a 90% chance. Alisha and I both noted that he sounded more positive than we thought he'd sound, but that may have been misplaced expectations. Even an 83% chance of survival is the same odds as playing Russian Roulette, so it will still be a very dangerous process.

We have seen God with us through this past nine and a half months. He gave Roscoe 3 more weeks in the womb than he would have had, brought him safely into the world, kept him alive through the ups and downs, and has protected his brain and given him resiliency through this entire journey. We pray that God will once again come and touch Roscoe's life on Monday. Please pray with us.

18 comments:

  1. We're praying with you!
    Love you three!

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  2. We are praying too .and many other followers that I just found out about ... were covering Texas all over the state to New york to Orgeon .To Cambodia! That's just thur me ..number that by multi !!! .sweet .!!!

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  3. Praying that God will show his mighty power in this little one. 2 Corinthians 12:9 "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness". To our amazing God be all the glory! So many people around the world praying with you!!

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  4. Praying with you in Oregon for your precious boy.

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  5. Even if we can do nothing else, you can count on us all to pray! God will do the rest.

    Constant LOVE!

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  6. Our God is an awesome God! Praying for all of you and His hand over little Roscoe and his surgeons on Monday.

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  7. Praying for TOTAL success! Be strong and courageous and do not be afraid!

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  8. The congregation in Temple, Texas, is praying for you, and many more friends, too!

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  9. Praying and praying some more!

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  10. Holding baby Roscoe in our hearts and prayers. May God be with him and the doctors Monday, as well as with you and all your family.

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  11. The description of lowering the temperature and stopping the heart reminds me of the successful surgery in the true story of Dr. Benjamin Carson from Johns Hopkins in "Gifted Hands". It is in book and movie form. God has made a way through brilliant minds He created. Praying for our Roscoe and the hands that take care of him.

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