Cautiously optomistic after OR

Iain's heart is working well with some help from medicine.  The lungs look Ok.  Both need more time to recover from the ordeal of the massive transfusions from the surgery.  It looks like the areas of concern from the XRay were clots which have been cleaned up and the padding that was put in to soak up blood flow has also been removed.  The next step was to administer heparin which he seemed to tolerate while in the OR.  So we have to see how he tolerates heparin for the next few hours.  The heparin is absolutely necessary for the ecmo machine.  It has been ok so far without it but would not be able to go too much further without it.  So let us hope he can continue to tolerate it.  We should be able to see him in a little while.

Thank you for the comments.  I (we) love them.


  • susan muir

    So glad to hear that, Seema, and thanks for updating everyone. We await the next one.

  • Aunt and Uncle

    You are doing SO very well. Keep pushing through! If I have to break out my cheerleading outfit, I will. However I would look like Robin Williams in the Broncos cheerleading FFIGHT FIGHT FIGHT

  • HeatherPrakash

    That's one tough kid!!! Keep fighting Iain!!!! SO many people are cheering you and on sending positive energy and prayers to you! John & Seema - I'm truly in awe of your strength and resilience. Iain is incredible lucky to have you as parents!!! Sending lots of love!!! Heather

  • Moniz Family

    Happy to hear we're moving in the right direction. You're on our minds every minute of the day - keep up the fight, you have some mountains climb. Love, Kaylee, Matt, Dee and Mike

  • Karl Pendergast

    Iain - You can take it to the bank that team Pendergast has been and will be with you every step of the way. Keep tackling the challenges, one at a time, until they are all behind you. I am in awe of your resilience, E.

  • Young Schwemm family

    Seema, thank you for these updates. I'm glad you will be able to see Iain. We are following you closely and thinking about you!

  • lisapendergast

    Keep up the fight, Iain! Sending love from all the Pendergasts.

  • davisne

    Thank you so much for the updates.

  • Joe and Erin Klida

    Thanks for the updates Team Iain, keep the good news coming!

  • Simine

    So good to hear this recent news. Our fingers are crossed. We are with you in spirit the whole time, looking for updates, sending love and positive thoughts. Thank you so much for the updates. Thinking of sweet Iain, and thinking of the inordinate amount of courage that he and you both, Seema and John, are mustering to get through this. Praying that all goes well. Much love. The Tepper family

  • Beth A. Coleman

    Great news. Continuing to think of you and sending strength, prayers, and so much hope your way. Aimee Doran was here for meeting this morning and we were sending all our love and energy to you collectively. Your team from CHCO and beyond is so so behind you and cheering you on. You can do this Iain! Beth, Dunbar,Michelle, and Aimee

  • briggins

    Keep fighting Iain! Never, ever give up. Brock and Darlene and I are with you in our thoughts through every step. You and your mom and dad have courage and strength that the rest of us cannot fathom. Bruce

  • Chrissie M

    Great work Iain! Keep taking those powerful steps!

  • Prices of Penshaw

    Great news. Just got off the phone from your Aunty Win who sends her love. All the members of the Iain Hess Appreciation Society - Penshaw & Sunderland Branch are amazed at his strength and fortitude. Theres a word fortitude. I have just checked its definition in the dictionary and it says "if you say that someone who has shown fortitude, you admire them for being brave, calm and uncomplaining when they have experienced something unpleasant or painfull". Well to me that says it all in one word. Keep up the good work Bonny Lad!

  • Lidia

    Great news, Seema! Iain is a fighter! Fingers crossed he tolerates Heparin! Can't wait for the next update. Sending all our love and supportive energy your way??--Visnjics

  • Alex k

    Thinking of you all

  • Chrissie M

    Just thinking about all of you and all the love and healing we are sending your way. We sure hope you can feel it.

  • Young Schwemm family

    Iain, you're a champ! You, too, Seema and John. Thanks for the updates!

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