Thursday, August 21, 2008
TODAY WE CELEBRATE! One year ago today, August 21, 2007, our sweet little Reid underwent heart surgery. We learned the day after he was born that nearly 50% of children with Down syndrome also have a congenital heart defect...our son fell into those statistics. We were told to anticipate surgery somewhere between 6 month to a year...and for him 7 1/2 months was his time. I think my own heart stopped when I had to hand my baby over to the surgical team and retreated to pray like no other time. My husband recently added the song, He's My Son, by Mark Shultz to our play list below...and every time I hear it I well up with tears. It takes me back to the 2 weeks we stayed with him in the hospital (8 of those days he was unable to breathe on his own and kept in a very sedated state...we missed our little cooing, babbling guy!). After surgery Luke tried to comfort his baby brother by saying (in the sweetest little voice), "I'm sorry they had to cut you in half buddy...!). I am posting a picture we took of Reid's chest right after surgery and then a recent picture to show off how amazing his scar healed....I am sure this scar will be shown at many a "Show and Tell" at school in the years to come! Thank you Dr. Loo and the surgical team for taking such good care of our son! We are forever grateful for your care!