Friday, July 22, 2011

Day of Liver Transplant - Updates

Today is the big day of the liver transplant. I will post updates of how Sarah Beth and Bronson are doing throughout the day. I'll just keep adding to this post instead of starting a new one each time. 

7:55am - Sarah Beth was wheeled into the OR. We won't have an update of how she's doing until 10-11am ish. 

8:50am - Bronson is hanging out in his bed waiting to be taken down to the OR. I was told he'd go down somewhere between 9-10am. 

10am - SB's surgery was officially started at 9am and everything is going as planned. 

10:30am - Bronson was taken into the OR to be prepped. They won't start opening him up until they hear from Toronto General that SB's liver piece has been cut. 

1:15pm - No updates yet for Bronson or SB. No updates is probably a good thing though because that should mean SB's liver is ok to use (there was still a 5% chance that once she was opened up they would find a problem and not be able to continue) and they should be getting ready to take Bronson's liver out. My parents are over at Toronto General waiting to hear about SB and Jon and I are at Sick Kids waiting. Thank goodness for texting between hospitals to hear how they're both doing!! 

3:00pm - Sick Kids OR called out to the waiting room and so far everything is going good with Bronson.  I heard that there was a delay due to an emergency elsewhere in the hospital so Bronson's surgery didn't start until 1p So he probably won't be out of surgery until 10-11pm tonight. I hope it's a little earlier than that though!

3:30pm - SB's surgery is completed. They are just doing an Xray and then closing her up and taking her to the recovery room. The dr said everything went as planned with no complications

5:00pm - Bronson is still in surgery but everything is "good". My aunt came by to visit which was a good distraction from thinking about  surgery. I just asked a volunteer to see if she could find out a time estimate
for me and all she said was that it's scheduled until 7pm. So I hope that's an accurate timeframe. I really
hope it doesn't go longer! 

7:55pm - A surgical nurse just came and told us that everything is still "good" and if we don't hear any updates in two hours to call into the OR. So, looks like we still have a long night...
10:15pm - the surgeon just came out to tell us Bronson is out of surgery and it went very well! If the liver piece was too big they would have had to leave the incision open and close it later but because of how big his abdomen was pre-surgery  it made room for the new liver and they were able to close the incision. There was also a chance that he would have to have his spleen removed and then be on penicillin for the rest of his life but they were able to leave it in! The  Toronto General told my parents that SB's liver was abnormally long and slender which made it a perfect size for Bronson. Also, the surgeon told me normally if a potential donor has had a tattoo within a year they won't use the liver. But, they did blood work 3 times and everything was ok and so they made an exception for SB. Bronson is in the process of being moved to the ICU and in an hour we'll be able to see him. We're so happy that everything went so well! 

My parents went to see SB around 8pm and she was awake, drowsy and VERY nauseous. However, she was with it enough to ask if she could put her finger up her nose. When asked why she wanted to do that she said because it was itchy! So, despite her nauseousness she's still herself! 

As of right now SB and Bronson have no complications and are doing alright after their big surgeries! I'll post another update tomorrow. 

17 comments:

Yvanna said...

Angela, thank you so much for keeping us updated! You are all on my mind and this status update helps so much!

Krista said...

Thank you for keeping us updated...i'm checking constantly & keeping SB & Bronson close to my heart..

Anonymous said...

Angela..this is Mrs. Antle and want you to know we are praying for you all hon..God is faithful.
Don't look at your circumstance...run into the arms of Jesus and know how close he really is to you all...We will be waiting for a GOOD report!:) Love and hugs:):)

Anonymous said...

Have been thinking of you all and praying for all day at work! Look forward to hearing all the updates! Will keep praying for the both of them and for sure Mom and Dad!
Bonnie Sture!

Anonymous said...

Bowman family is anxiously watching the blog for updates.....we are all praying for your family and especially for Bronson and SB. Stay strong!

Anonymous said...

Thanx so much for the updates Angela!I wish i could be down there for Sarah and i cant stop thinking about her and Bronson. My heart goes out to you and your family and i pray everything goes well<3 -Jess

Anonymous said...

Bronson has already been used by God to touch the hearts of so many...He is not done with him yet, nor your family...God will bless you all more than you can ever imagine and will continue to use your story to help others trust in His healing powers and come to know Jesus as their personal savior. I continue to pray peace, love and an overwhelming sense of His unending joy in the lives of you, Jon, Kallie and Bronson and your extended family and friends. Peace be with you today and Always:)

Anonymous said...

Thank you Lord for your protection on them both..Angela we all will continue praying..You's are being lifted up and it's a good report for sure!!!!!!!:) Praise the Lord!:)

Angela Anthony said...

Thank you everyone!

Anonymous said...

We keep checking Ang. Thinking about you from PMH. XOXOX

Anonymous said...

So glad to read these updates...keep staying strong, your family is SO blessed. Much love to you all through this & beyond. xo

Anonymous said...

Great news will keep praying! Thanks for all the updates! What a connection they will have for life! So looking forward to seeing a new colour in Bronson soon!
The Sture's

Anonymous said...

Loved by people he doesn't even know......

Anonymous said...

I have been following your story ever since Jon first posted on Facebook. I used to work with Danielle (a cousin?) in Truro and she told me of your story When Bronson was first diagnosed. I feel as if I know you all after reading your blog, and am thankful you have kept everyone updated today, I've been thinking of you, good luck and best wishes with the coming days!

JB said...

Thinking of SB, Bronson and your whole family! Hoping to here more good updates from you, thank you so much for sharing this journey with us all.. Sarnia ON is sending love and prayers your way <3 xo

Anonymous said...

I remember the first moments I laid eyes on my son. He literally became my life, the most important person in my life. I know that is how you feel. I am so glad SB was able to give of her life to save his! You must have felt exhilarated as well as relieved when the doctors told you he was doing well! I am so happy for you and thank God for His incredible love for you!! Bless you!!

Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord for good news about the surgery! So glad both are doing well. Will continue praying for full and speedy recovery. The Connor family