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.