Friday, November 19, 2010

Heart Catheterization

Daylen had to get a heart catheterization on monday November 15th, 2010. This procedure involved placing a catheter into vessels of the heart and releasing a dye so that the cardiologists could see where the blood went and how Daylen's heart was working.

We were informed that the extra artery coming out of Daylen's right ventricle was indeed pumping blood into the arteries that supplied his lungs with oxygen rich blood. They also figured out that his PDA was acting as an actual artery and they didn't think his PDA would ever close like it was supposed to. Another thing that they had found was the arteries going to his lungs were more narrow than usual. With all this said, they expected he would be find without the first surgery and that if he needed surgery at all, it wouldn't be the Norwood surgery. They were going to keep him for a few more days just to watch his breathing, feed him some milk finally, and then send him packing hoping to see him in 6-9 months for the hemi fontan.

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