We were with Vincent most of the night and his stats weren't looking very good. As tough as it was to leave him, we thought we should try and get some rest. We came by first thing this morning and were surprised to find that his stats were looking much better. His blood pressure was a little low but they felt that this was their best opportunity to do the repair surgery.
They started at about 10:30 a.m. and were done by Noon. Dr. Lee came in after the surgery to let us know that everything went well. He said, as he suspected, the hole was fairly large...there was only a sliver of a diaphragm there. He also said he could see that the balloon did have some effect on the lungs...they seemed to have grown a bit as a result. To repair the diaphragm they stitched a gortex patch over the hole. Their hope is that the muscle will grow over the patch and reinforce the barrier between the abdomen and the chest cavity.
The next 48 hours are crucial. The doctor said there will be lots of ups and downs...that he will get worse before he gets better. They had to up his ventilator to the maximum settings and his blood pressure is still very low. They don't want us to touch him right now but we've been talking to him a lot. He's our little fighter...we keep telling him to stay strong and to fight his way out of this.