I can think of no better words to describe Sam today, than courageous and resilient. He went into theatre around 10:15 am and I met him in post-op around 3:30 this afternoon. The surgeon explained that he found potentially a congenital malformation of Sams lymphatic system - and he is quietly confident that he managed to rectify it/stem the leak. Time will tell as his body is challenged with feeds.
We are so very grateful, humbled and amazed at the genius, skill and years of training of the surgeon and other skilled medical team. The potential for Sams life to be improved by having this procedure done is huge. Words can not describe our hearts towards the dozens of personnel that have been involved in Sams care today.
I leave you with a photo of my courageous and resilient little man. It was taken about an hour post op, when he was determined to sit up.... and he even tried to pose a smile!
He has a chest drain in, which will be clamped tomorrow if there are no bubbles (lack of bubbles means there is no perforation in his left lung, which was collapsed for this procedure). The need for extra oxygen will hopefully diminish as he gets stronger, but with morphine etc on board for pain relief, it will mean his lungs are too relaxed..... so we are happy for oxygen if it means he gets a break!
Sam was moved down to the surgical ward for post care, but once he is stable again he will move back to 26b (maybe a couple of days). Francis is staying over with him tonnight, but I will be in to be with him tomorrow.
Thanks for all your texts, calls and offers of help - so thankful for you all!