Sunday, September 23, 2007

August 17th, 2007

Carver and Kinnick each had surgery on one of their eyes on today. The retinas had started to detach on both babies. They each had surgery (vitrectomy) on their "better" eye, in order to try to take care of that eye first. The surgeries each took about an hour. They always put the babies on ventilators here at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.

After surgery, they both got off their ventilators quickly, although their oxygen needs were high. They're working to wean them back to where they were before the surgeries.

The doctors were pleased with the surgeries, but won't know for two weeks how successful they were.

The babies will each also have surgery on their other eye, possibly on Wednesday.

They put an air pocket in the eye to keep the retina secure. It will take a week for the air pockets to dissolve on its own. The babies won't be able to come home until the air pockets dissolve. So the sooner they have surgery on their other eyes, the sooner they'll be able to come home.

There is a risk of blood getting in their eyes, which would require additional surgery. Kinnick is at greater risk of this, since she has more vascular activity in her eyes. They didn't see any signs during surgery of this, but it could still occur after surgery. Hopefully it won't.

Please continue to keep Carver, Kinnick, and the rest of our family in your thoughts and prayers.

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