We are in the surgery waiting area. Noah has just fallen asleep which is a huge blessing. Soon the anesthesia doctors will come and give him some medicine (versed) to help calm him as they take him to the OR. Once inside Noah will have about 4 IVs. We were just told he is anemic so he may need a blood transfusion during the operation. It is scheduled to last about 5 hours. There is a good possibility the incision will not be as large as the first surgery, and that will make recovery easier. We will be kept informed of the progress as the surgery goes on. As much as I am able, I will pass on the information.
Please pray for Noah's safety. There is a risk of stroke and other more serious complications. Please pray for the clarity of his physicians and the attendants. Pray for calm hands and quick minds. Pray that this is the end of Noah's life with cancer. The best and only known way to cure this type of cancer is total resection. Today could be the best of days for Noah, The end of a long and hard chapter in all our lives.
4:20 PM I just talked to one of Noah's physicians and so far so good. He is doing well. They have given him a unit of blood already. The neurosurgeon currently is using a microscope to look at the area where the tumor is. No word yet on how much longer it will be. Hopefully we will be able to update that its all over.
5:54 PM Noah is now in recovery. The surgery went very well. Everyone on the team was pleased with how everything went. Noah is still asleep and we are waiting for the moment we can go see him. Dr. Wellons was able to remove all of the new growth and all of the scar tissue as well. He is sending all of it off for pathology report. Noah has an MRI scheduled for in the morning to look at the area. He will stay in the PICU overnight and hopefully be moved to a room tomorrow.
God is good! We are so thankful for every prayer and message of encouragement from so many of our friends, family and those of you we have never met. Thank you so much for loving our son.
These posts are written by Noah's parents Jessica & John David Crowe. The default author is Jess, and those written by John David will be noted.