In OR now
It is fairly likely the white areas they saw in his chest cavity on the XRay was blood. The surgeon wants to see if they can try to localize specific areas that could be cauterized. It could be more generalized oozing. I honestly do not know which is worse. Perhaps since they are in there now it would be better if it is localized and could fix it. It is very important as they have to stop the bleeding to be able to really get the blood thinners going for the ecmo machine to do its job.
Thanks everyone for your comments. I have been reading them this morning and it is wonderful to hear from so many people, people who we see often, those we have not seen in a while and some not for a long while, hose who have traveled the PH or transplant journey and also people from our extended community who we have not necessarily met. It may sound corny but it is an incredible and real source of comfort. I will be reading them to Iain - from the very start.