Ella is doing GREAT in ICU...she just continues to amaze us!! She has already been weaned off of some post-op meds, and she's had a couple of lines taken out. If she does not show any reason for keeping the respirator in tomorrow, then the doctors will have it taken out.
I'm not sure if I did a very good job explaining how HUGE it is that she was able to keep her left ventricle and left atrium working for her. She has a working four chamber heart! Because her left side is slightly smaller than the right, her diagnosis is still Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, but just a "mild" form. Our hopes and prayers are now for recovery, and for the left side to continue to be able to do it's job. If it is not able to work properly in the future, then we will have to come back to surgery and go the single ventricle route. And, if that is her fate, then the sooner the better. Based on the numbers in the left atrium that we are seeing right now, her left side should be fine for a long time. =) I remember hearing "miracles happen at Children's every day". A miracle did happen today, and Ella was the blessed recipient!
You all have been so wonderful to our family and you have lifted our precious baby in prayer. We are so grateful to you, and we cannot wait for Ella to thank you personally.
Love to all,
The Morrison Family