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First Surgeries of the Cardiac Exchange

Yesterday was a very full day at Hefei Cardiac Hospital for our inaugural cardiac exchange.  The medical team began with morning rounds to check on the three children having surgery and to do more evaluations of the others who are waiting.

Colton and his family warmly greeted our team this morning. Colton has an older sister who definitely liked our director’s camera.

Colton was super brave while he let the foreigners listen to his chest.

A new echocardiogram was also done for Colton so Drs. Langley and Ringewald could see the structure of his heart.

After getting his final clearance, Colton was taken back to the OR, and we’re happy to report that he sailed through his operation with flying colors.  We know his devoted parents were overjoyed with the news!

The second surgery patient of the day was tiny Gage, who is just three months old. Gage was recently abandoned, most likely due to his congenital heart defect, and we are very thankful that his orphanage called us for help.  Tests showed that Gage needed immediate surgery to survive.

Gage was also given the green light to have his operation after final checks by the medical team.

We know you’ll be as happy as we are that Gage’s surgery was a success. This tiny little guy is now resting in the ICU.  Following his discharge, he will join us at our Healing Home so he can fully recover and get lots of TLC.

The final surgery of the day was three-year-old Kora. Since she would soon be undergoing anesthesia, all she was allowed was sips of water, and we all know how hard that is for little ones.

Thankfully, Kora remained in good spirits until she was taken back to the operating room. Triple happiness that we can now report that all three heart surgeries today were successful.

The doctors also did a full evaluation on sweet Lincoln from our foster care program.  Lincoln was born with Down Syndrome and a large ASD heart defect. He has been in and out of the hospital with respiratory issues, but thankfully the doctors have cleared him for his operation tomorrow.

We sure would appreciate every good thought being sent Lincoln’s way.  We remain hopeful that following this healing surgery, Lincoln will someday find a family through adoption. (His adoption file is prepared, and he is ready to be matched! Contact our Adoption Advocacy Team at adoption@lwbmail.com if you’d like more information about him.)

We thought you might like to see a few photos from the OR today.  We are so grateful to everyone who has donated to this medical exchange. We know this international collaboration will help strengthen best practices so that even more children can receive the highest quality of cardiac care.

Until tomorrow!

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  • Patt Kelsey says:

    How wonderful to read this update and find out all three heart surgeries were a success! Praying for Lincoln’s surgery!!