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.