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Update on Bryce

For those of you that don’t know, Bryce was born with a congenital heart defect. For months, the doctors told us it was a defect called Tetralogy of Fallot. It was a four pronged problem that would require surgery. Basically, Bryce has a hole in his heart that won’t heal, and along with that issue, there is a possibility of a stenosis (narrowing) of his pulmonary vein, a thickening of the lower chamber of his heart, and his aorta was offset over the hole, causing a pressure problem, and oxygenated and non-oxygenated blood was mixing. Tet babies sometimes turn blue, and have trouble breathing. Eventually, without surgery, they die. Even with surgery, some children need to have valve replacements during their teenage years.

This was a BIG shock. Bryce didn’t, and hasn’t, even look sick. He breathed a little fast as an infant, but with some medication, that issue has gone away. He is thriving, gaining weight, and developmentally he is right on track! With much prayer and hope, our doctor told us in January that it looked as though all he had was a hole in his heart, and NOT full-blown tetralogy. This is HUGE. All that needs to be done is to patch the hole in his heart, so far, there is no talk about the more invasive tet surgery. This is a Godsend!

Right now, he will still be having open heart surgery at the end of April. We will be down in Indianapolis at Riley Hospital for at least 5 days. We’re still praying for a miracle. It would be awesome to get down there, and then not have to go through the incredibly difficult (for us) surgery. Please pray for complete healing! He is our little man, and this will be very hard for Lael and I. It sounds as though this will be the only surgery he will ever have to have, and he won’t be on any restrictions (like no football, etc.).

We just wanted to update everyone to let them know what’s going on.Bryce

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  1. matt
    March 27, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    Thanks for the update. We are definitely praying for Bryce and you guys too. We do need to get together again soon.

  2. dana
    March 27, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    We will be praying for you guys. If there’s anything we can do to help out around that time, let us know. Meals, babysitting, etc. Will you have family down there with you?

  3. March 27, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    Yeah, we will have some family there. Which will be good.

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