Friday, July 17, 2009

4.5 hour operation

We are pleased to write that Samuel came through his kidney operation well today. He went in about 9.30am and the surgery was about 4.5 hours long. They removed a large clot from the centre of the left kidney and flushed it with a high pressure solution. The surgeon explained that the left kidney was in very bad shape, with very little meat and was floppy and thin and poorly formed. I won't go into great detail as it is very complex, but basically the tube between the kidney and the bladder (uretos) was obstructed by a membrane, so the surgeons cut out the membrane and re-joined the tube in an attempt to increase the flow of urine from the kidney down the uretos, which has been brought to the surface to drain into a bag rather than running into the bladder. Samuel returned from theatre back on low-flow oxygen but has since been put back onto CPAP (pressurzed oxygen) to provide extra breathing support as he was starting to struggle once the morphine kicked in. The plan is to monitor what happens from the drains running from the left kidney, before performing the next operation on the right kidney in a few weeks time. It was a long wait today but we're so pleased to see Samuel get through the operation and grateful for the hard work on the part of the surgical team who performed this intricate procedure on such a fragile kidney.

We look forward to updating you on his recovery tomorrow.
Francis and Shirley

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Am so pleased to hear Samuel is doing ok post op, he is proving to be a tough little guy, and ever so gorgeous. Hope you all get a restful sleep tonight, can only imagine days like today are worrying and exhausting. Keeping your family in my thoughts. Lisa Robertson

Margo said...

xxxx Margo

The Heslop Family said...

Stay strong, Samuel. You're an awesome little boy, loved by so many already. We pray for an outstanding recovery, and for a clear way ahead for your Mum and Dad.
Love lots, Bron and the boys xxooxxoo

The PCs said...

Hang in there friends.

Anonymous said...

GOd is working and it's lovely to watch you share this...it's a journey that has a purpose and we pray that God will be glorified through this...whatever outcomes :)

Love McLays

Anonymous said...

praying for strenght for all of you in the days ahead. Glad that Samuel is doing so well after the opertation. love as ever to you all.MERRW

petedavy said...

That's really good news. We'll keep praying for you all and that the treatment goes well. Thank you so much for keeping us up to date. We're really thinking of you guys. Lots of love, Pete and Sophie