Thanks for praying for my brother @josiahmcclure and sister @carlyemcclure! Update below! 12PM UPDATE: Praise God we're over the first hurdle, but we still need your prayers!
Carly and baby did great during the surgery. Carly is resting well and we are all in the recovery room.
During the surgery the needle was placed on first attempt, the wire went across the aortic valve on the first attempt, and the balloon went into place on the first attempt! They did 3 inflations with the balloon because they said it's a thick, scarred valve. BUT they said there was a good flow through the valve so that's a great sign!
The baby didn't need any sort of intervention after the procedure as far as medicine for the heart, etc.
Now we wait. We're over the hump as far as risk from the actual procedure but there is a 24-48hr window where they have lost babies before.
Please pray the heart recovers from the trauma and that left ventricle snaps back to life!!! The whole goal behind this procedure is to open the aortic valve where the left ventricle can pump freely. We're asking God to touch and heal the left ventricle.
We love you all and sincerely appreciate your prayers and support!
4PM UPDATE: The OB overseeing Carly's care while we're here just came and did an ultrasound to check baby's heart. The machine can detect blood flow and visually represent that on the monitor by coloring the blood blue or red. She showed us where they opened up the valve, and compared to yesterday, there is a night and day difference! It's a beautiful, large opening, and they can see flow going through the valve.
You can also see how the left ventricle is dilated larger than it should be from the extra work of pushing against the closed valve. We're praying the opened valve relieves the ventricle where it can resume pumping.
In the OB's words, "She looks great. Hoping is a reasonable expectation." 🙌🏼 Please PRAY the left ventricles snaps back to life and makes a miraculous recovery in Jesus name.
Thank you everyone! God is good!