Monday, December 26, 2011

Clot in ECMO, Changing to a New Circuit -- Please Pray!

This morning, about 45 minutes ago, Rose and I got a call revealing that Jude had a large clot in his ECMO circuit, which actually stopped the machine from working. He was emergently taken off of ECMO and put on a ventilator, and the scramble began to prime another ECMO circuit for him, as he's not yet stable enough to make it on his own without ECMO.

Rose and I entered the NICU about 5-10 minutes ago, but the surgeons were working on Jude to put him back on ECMO, so we weren't able to see him yet. One of his doctors came out to speak to us quickly, indicating that Jude's vital signs had remained stable throughout the process this morning, so we thank God for that.

We know that we have asked for your prayer many times before, but this is yet another major development in Jude's care, and we plead with you to pray for him this morning. Clotting in the ECMO circuit is always a risk, particularly on longer ECMO runs, and the results can be catastrophic.

Please pray for Jude in his hour of great need. Thank you all. Thanks be to God for carrying us and Jude through this trial.


  1. Hi,

    Wanted to let you know Jude is in our thoughts. Our daughter Ruby sent 26 days on ECMO. She's now a vibrant 2.5 year old.

    If you need to talk to someone who understands please let me know.

    Holly Mom to Ruby LCDH 4/10/09

  2. Praying for little Jude.

  3. Through and to Him who is able to do much more than we can ask for or imagine... we lift up our plea!

  4. Praying for little Jude. With love your Aunt Betty

  5. Brian and Rose,

    We are members of Lakeshore Church in Dever, where Jeff pastors, and want you to know that many of us are praying for you all. My family is and has been praying for "baby Jude", as we call him, for months now. It is such a sweet blessing to hear my children pray for your precious baby boy, whom they have never met. Thank you for allowing us to share in his struggle. We pray the Lord's healing on Jude and His comfort for you as you wait.

    In His love,
    Don, Amy, Brice, and Graham Maggart

  6. We are continuing to pray for God's healing.

  7. My thoughts are filled with prayers for Jude.