Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Samuel Kenneth Finzer Update 22

Wow God is awesome.

Great news! Samuel's surgery was a complete success. In fact the surgeon came into the room with a smile on her face and told us that it went better than expected. The surgery was only an hour and a half long.

Samuel had enough diaphragm on the right side to be able to sew it up without a patch. He has an enlarged liver (swollen). All the intestine and liver was moved back down where it should go. Right now Samuel looks like he is pregnant because of the swollen liver and intestine being moved down. The surgeon put a gortex patch in the abdomen because there was not enough skin to stretch. The skin in the abdomen will grow and the belly will get soft and reduce. In six to twelve months this patch will have to be removed with another surgery.

When the surgeon sewed up the diaphram she used gortex staples. There is a chance that it might tear open again but it has never happened to her. That gives a big confidence going forward.

The surgeon said that he does have a right lung that will grow. It will take months for it to expand.

Rachael Ratliff is incredible. She dropped off a big Italian dinner. It was wonderful. Thanks!

Now we begin the recovery phase. Please pray for a quick recovery; that Samuel would heal quickly. Pray that Samuel would continue to gain strength every minute. I will keep you updated.

8 comments:

Rachel said...

What a HUGE answer to prayer!!

Nate Ellis said...

Wow... so happy to hear the good news. Just one success on the way to many! I was checking email all day waiting!

mhutsell said...

Let the healing begin! What a merry Christmas! Praise God...He has already written a beautiful story for Samuel! Still praying...

rustyandjen said...

Praise the Lord and Hallelujah! God is good and faithful! We continue to rejoice and pray with you over the blessing God has given with Samuel and the lives he will touch! Lots of love, Rusty and Jen

Lori said...

Great news... so happy to hear it! God has an amazing plan for Samuel. We continue to pray for the strength of Samuel and your entire family!

Heather said...

Praise God for His many blessings! I will continue to pray for baby Samuel and for your family. What a gift it has been to witness your faith and strength through all this and to hear of what a fighter your son is!

Stacy Brown said...

Praise the Lord! What a Mighty God we serve! So glad to hear the good news - what a plan God must have for this little fighter! Still praying for you everyday and the girls are looking forward to the next playdate.

jengriffin said...

What awesome news!!!! Shan and I are so happy for you all. I'm sure you feel like you can exhale a bit! We will pray for healing!! We love you! Jen and Shan