Saturday, October 4, 2008

An Update

It's been the longest 24 hours of our lives (even longer than the night the girls were born which is saying something) but I wanted to post a quick update. I'm posting this from my iPhone so I won't go into too much detail.

Around 7:00 last night, Alaina was transferred to Columbia Presbyterian. Her X-rays and blood work hadn't changed which had her surgeon concerned. The pediatric anesthesiologist at St. Vincents was out for the Jewish holiday so if she was going to need surgery - which was looking more likely - the doctor wanted her with his team (her surgeon is the chief of pediatric surgery at Columbia, which is a top rated children's hospital in New York and the country so we knew she'd be in good hands). We were told early this morning - on the girls' three week birthday - that even though her intestines hadn't perforated, Alaina's condition hadn't improved so they were going to operate to find out what kind of damage the NEC had caused. She was in surgery for an hour and stayed stable throughout. When they got a look at her bowels, they found two areas of her small intestine that had gangrene and had to be removed. The rest of her intestines look healthy and the doctors think they got everything.

Right now, Alaina is in critical condition and we're hoping to see some progress in the next 72 hours. She still has quite a few hurdles ahead of her but our little girl is proving to be one heck of a fighter. Thank you so much for all of your prayers - she is a very lucky baby to have so many people pulling for her.

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