Ethan's having surgery

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Re : Ethan's having surgery

Postby sam » Fri Mar 12, 2004 02:19 pm

dear meg
continued prayers from over the atlantic!!

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Re : Ethan's having surgery

Postby angelkat » Fri Mar 12, 2004 01:27 pm

PDA is very common in preemie's. Katlyne had it done when she was 3 days old. Usually they do very very well....

Your family is in my prayers...


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Re : Ethan's having surgery

Postby frasiah » Fri Mar 12, 2004 01:10 pm

My prayers are with you, too. What you are referring to is a PDA (see below) in short. Victoria had the same thing and like the dr told us, children recover very well once the PDA closes up. I will be praying for all of you.

"The patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is a special blood vessel that we all have as babies in our mother's uterus. The ductus is responsible for transporting blood from the right side of the heart, bypassing the nonfunctioning lungs of the baby, and putting it directly into the aorta for circulation to the baby's tissues and organs. This mechanism is essential for survival while the baby is in the uterus. However, shortly after birth, it is important for the ductus to close, which then directs blood to the now functioning lungs for oxygenation. If this closure doesn't occur, some unoxygenated blood gets sent to the lungs like its supposed to, and some unoxygenated blood gets pumped directly into the aorta." (

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Re : Ethan's having surgery

Postby mada » Fri Mar 12, 2004 01:03 pm

You got prayers coming your way from here as well!!

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Re : Ethan's having surgery

Postby catherine » Fri Mar 12, 2004 12:50 am

Count mine in too.

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Re : Ethan's having surgery

Postby laura » Fri Mar 12, 2004 12:46 am

Keeping my fingers crossed that little Ethans surgery goes well! Prayers coming your way over here, too!

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Re : Ethan's having surgery

Postby julie f » Fri Mar 12, 2004 12:45 am


My prayers are coming Ethan's way. Please let us know as soon as you get any news.

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Ethan's having surgery

Postby meg » Fri Mar 12, 2004 12:42 am

They have discovered some vein which connects the aorta to the lungs which is supposed to close has not closed and so oxygen is not making it into his body like it should. They say this is what has caused his kidney problems and most all of the problems he has had. SO they have to go in there and close it. They say its a common surgery and should provide immediate benifits but of course any open chest surgery on a 1 pound baby has plenty of risks! They are supposed to do it this evening. We could use some more prayers! Thanks in advance!

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