heart surgery day

Today at 8AM Sophia went in for surgery to repair a coarctation of her aorta. The two of us and her two grandmas got to the hospital really early so we could hold her before she went under the knife. It was hard to watch them take her away, but we were very hopeful about the outcome. We learned that her surgeon, Dr. John Foker, is one of the most respected and accomplished surgeons in the field of cardiac surgery and we immediately fell in love with him. He is a towering old Englishman with a dry sense of humor whom the nurses refer to as “Big Bird”.

 

The doctors have told us that Sophia will most likely need another surgery in 3-4 months to repair an Atrial Septal Defect(ASD) in her heart, which is a hole between her atria. She also has another hole, a Ventricular Septal Defect(VSD), that is small enough to possibly close on its own. We will have to wait and see.