Closing the hatch

This morning at 4 AM we started weaning Iain off of the echo machine. The ecmo machine substitutes for Iain’s heart and lungs, oxygenation and pumping the blood through his body. In line with the ecmo machine, Iain's heart and lungs have not been contributing anything over the past few days.

His flow rate through the system was originally 5 liters/min. Shortly after 4 AM they reduced it to 2.5 l/min and held there to assess his heart and lungs. Of course Seema and I were there at 4 AM sharp to make sure everything was in order!

The initial reduction was pretty much without incident save for a slight irregular heartbeat that increased his blood pressure briefly.

At around 8:30 AM, all the physicians and nurses gathered for the turn the ecmo down. First they reduced it to 25%, then 30 seconds later to 0%. They then clamped off the lines and monitored his heart and lungs. After 10 minutes of monitoring, his surgeon turned to me and said to “now he is a normal transplant patient.” Music to my ears!!!

His chest has since been closed. He is still sedated and paralytic as he is on the respirator and we have yet to greet him.

Now to figure out what to say to him when he wakes up. We are going to have words after what he put us through!!!



  • shanson

    I have been thinking of you all morning and kept repeatedly checking my phone with each little ping. Thanks for sharing this news!Sherril

  • SherriCowhig

    Woo Hoo!!!! Thanks for the awesome and miraculous news!!!

  • Cindy OKeeffe

    Hurray, hurray!!! Delighted to hear this. Kudos to you all!

  • lisapendergast

    We are so amazed by all of you and your team. Keep fighting, Iain....

  • HeatherPrakash

    There are no words to describe how happy we all are this morning!!! We love you guys!!! Sending virtual hugs and high fives!!!

  • susan muir

    That's fantastic news, John. So happy! Love to you all x

  • Lisa Hering

    Beautiful words, "a normal Transplant patient", For an extraordinary kiddo!

  • philmac

    let those `words` be `how much you are loved by so many` - great news :-)

  • mIvory

    OHHHH YEAHHHHHHH! Thrilled to hear this news! Your ColdQuanta family is cheering for you all!

  • Joe and Erin Klida

    Great news Hess, so happy for you guys

  • briggins

    Great news! Go for it Iain! John and Seema, thanks so much for keeping all of us posted on Iain's progress.

  • davisne

    Fantastic news!!!

  • BDB Riggins

    Way to knock it out of the park Iain! We all knew you were a fighter. Can't wait to hear more great news of your recovery. Darlene, Bruce and Brock

  • ToddStafford

    Every time I woke up last night, I prayed for Iain. I'm so glad to hear that he's doing so much better!

  • john.hubert

    Iain, You are so strong, just like your mom and dad. They are two of the toughest people I know. Especially your mom. Not to mention stubborn and proud. Ha ha. You have that same strength in you. You are like a rock star in the middle of a large stadium with the spotlights shining on you and thousands of people cheering for you and giving you energy. You would not believe how many people all around the world are following your progress, cheering for you and praying for you. You go rock star! Love, John, Lisa, Blake and Matt Hubert.

  • Kellie Coe

    Great news! Prayed for Iain every time I woke last night. Thinking about Iain and your family day and night! Keep up the good work Iain!! Love and hugs to you all. The Coes

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