Monday, September 21, 2009
My niece, Sarah, is having surgery today at Johns Hopkins Children's Hospital to fix a cleft (hole) in her airway. The hope is that this surgery will allow her to be able to drink liquids without aspirating.
She has to to be at the hospital at 1pm. The surgery will start at 3pm and take 2 hours. She will then be admitted to the intensive care unit. She will be in the hospital for 2-3 days depending on how things go.
Sarah had a procedure (a laryngoscopy and bronchoscopy) done last Monday that discovered the "laryngeal cleft" (or hole in the airway). We were actually thrilled with the discovery. She has not been able to drink liquids. All of her fluids have had to be thickened to keep her from aspirating. Until Monday, no one could figure out what was wrong. Monday's procedure found there is a cleft below the voice box in the trachea (air tube) that most likely is causing her aspiration.
We are thankful that Sarah is getting the best care possible. We are hopeful for incredible results from surgery.
If you will, say a prayer for Sarah right now.
Pray for the doctors. Pray for my sister, Carrie, and her husband, John, and my nephew, Matt.
Thank you so much.