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Surgery Done

Anthony was in the OR for over 9 hours, from 7:30am until 4:45pm. The surgery went well. He did lose quite a bit of blood, especially toward the end of the surgery. He received 6 units of blood, which is a lot for a 90 lb boy. He also received “cell savers,” I don’t know what that is, will have to look that up. The wires and rods go from his sacrum up to T2. His doctor said he now has about a 20-30% curve, which is a big improvement. She said she put in a lot of bone, meaning bone grafts which will fuse his spine together. When I asked where she got the bone, she said, “out of a jar”. The bone is from a donor and we will be able to send the donor’s family a thank you note.

Anthony is settled in the Pediatric ICU now. Rich will spend the night with him. He is on a ventilator, he has an arterial line and a central line, a urinary catheter and a drain in his back. His face is quite swollen from all the transfusions and fluid plus laying on his stomach for 9 hours. They will keep him quiet and sedated through the night, will update again tomorrow. Thank you all for your and kind words of support.


4 thoughts on “Surgery Done

  1. Carol says:

    Sooooooo happy to hear that everything went well. We have been thinking about him all day. Poor Baby! BIG BABY! ha ha Love you Anthony! Let us know if there is anything we can do. Hopefully the worst is over. Be in touch again soon.


  2. Ann says:

    Glad to hear Anthony is out of surgery and things went well. Jack too received the “cell savers” , I think it is giving back their own blood (essentially). The degree of correction is wonderful! Hope Anthony has a restful night (and you too).

  3. Nancy Treem says:

    Hey guys, so happy to hear that the surgery went well. My gosh, he looks so grown up in these photos. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you guys out and please give Anthony a huge kiss and hug from me. Love Nancy

  4. roel says:

    great post Cindy and nice to be Informed ,I cannot read this
    with dry eyes ,and it brings back memory’s of my own op.
    so I keep it short I wish the whole family much strength
    and God bless you


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