Thursday, December 10, 2009

Just an update to let everyone know that Briana did very well with her surgery. After waiting for about 30 minutes, one of the nurses came out and told us that the surgeon was also reconstructing her carotid artery, something that we previously had never heard about. We didn't even know that was a possibility, so we were a little extra nervous at that point. We ended up having to wait almost 2 1/2 hours before we could see her. Our nerves were a little fried by then, but she did well. She is now off of ECMO, and doing well. The surgeon explained that the carotid may not open up for blood flow, but he likes to give it a chance by reconstructing it. Hopefully it does, and that would be an extra bonus.
So she will have to wait a few days for the heparin to work its way out, and then hopefully Monday or Tuesday she can have her corrective surgery.
Thank you everyone for your thoughts and support through all of this. We are truly grateful.
Jim and Angela.


  1. I'm so glad everything went well!! :)

  2. So happy to hear surgery went well and is off ECMO. Two huge mile stones in one day! Woohoo! Praying that she has a speedy recovery!!!!