Monday, November 29, 2010

Lada update

Lada's Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) was closed by a procedure known as cardiac catheterization*. When she went in for surgery the doctors thought the hole was only 1.5 cm but upon seeing the defect they realized it was 2.5. The doctors told Lada's parents that without this surgery she probably would have not made it much longer. She should live a normal full life now.

*Cardiac Catheterization ~ A flexible tube (a catheter) is inserted into a blood vessel in the leg that leads to the heart. A cardiologist guides the tube into the heart to make measurements of blood flow, pressure, and oxygen levels in the heart chambers. A special implant, shaped into two disks formed of flexible wire mesh, can be positioned into the hole in the septum. The device is designed to flatten against the septum on both sides to close and permanently seal the VSD.

Thank you so much to all who supported Lada through donations and prayers! You truly saved a life.

Lada and her dad on the train to Almaty

The hospital in Moscow

Pre-op check up

Cards of support, prayers and well wishes


Ready to go home


MyMomBlogs said...

Soooo thrilled to know that this little girl will now have the promise of a full life ahead of her!!

How wonderful that she was able to have the least invasive type of surgery! God is soo amazing the way that he gifts doctors with their innovative smarts!!

Thanks for the update!

Julie said...

Thank you so much for the update! I have been eager for news and am overjoyed to hear how well surgery went!