Monday, May 02, 2011

Team Diedrich Update

For those of you who have been following the story of my nephew Diedrich, I wanted to update you on his condition and thank you for your prayers, well wishing, and love.
Diedrich had his transplant surgery on the 28th and 29th. He was in surgery for about 15 hours.  When the transplant team had him open they determined that most of his organs were in too bad of shape to be functional.  He had been in multiple organ failure for a while and so they not only did a liver transplant, but also transplanted the stomach, pancreas, and intestines.  He kept his own kidneys and had his spleen removed.  It is called a full abdominal transplant. They used the donors existing arteries.
It's been wonderful to watch how quickly his new liver took him from bright yellow to regular baby color.  He nearly matches his mother now.

His recovery has been going well, though he has had many setbacks to overcome, including rashes from allergies his new organs brought, a bad reaction to the anesthesia, and a recurring problem with one of his tubes irritating his vagal nerve causing his heart to stop many times.
He is improving, but it is a long road and he could use all the prayers and support he can get.

He still will need a follow up surgery to close his belly when the doctors are certain that the swelling is down enough and that they don't need back in there.

Thank you for following along, and thank you for your continued support.

He's my little hero.

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