Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Midday Update -- New ECMO Circuit, But No Chest Tubes

The tentative plan for Jude's care has changed a few times since my last post, but the gist is this: Jude's ECMO circuit has already been changed, but, for now, there's no plan to surgically place chest tubes in him to drain the fluid that has accumulated on his lungs (i.e. the bilateral pleural effusion).

Jude's pediatric surgeon isn't ready to attempt surgery to insert chest tubes since he's on heparin (an anticoagulant) and, perhaps more notably, since Jude's bowel is still on the left side of his chest. If Jude had already received his surgical repair or if he was on the cusp of having it done, then chest tubes to relieve the pleural effusion would be more feasible, I assume; however, at the moment, his surgeon and neonatologist aren't ready to attempt it, particularly with the possibility of damaging his bowel in the process.

For now, it sounds like the staff will attempt to stabilize Jude on the new ECMO circuit, continue his lung conditioning, and take several other measures in order to address the buildup of fluid on his lungs and the consequent pressure on his heart.

We continue to pray for Jude's health and miraculous healing, and we likewise pray that the doctors and nurses overseeing his care will be accorded wisdom and discernment that exceed even the sum of their knowledge and experience. We thank God that we have compassionate medical staff who are measured and thoughtful in their various approaches to taking care of our son.


  1. We're depending on God;
    he's everything we need...
    Love [Little Jude], God, with all you've got—
    that's what we're depending on. - Ps33:20,22 MSG

  2. I've seen miracles and I'm praying for one with sweet Jude.

  3. Praying for a Christmas Miracle. Can't wait to see what God will do!

  4. Praying for Jude - for a good stabile day and for the proper procedures at the perfect time. Praying for his lungs to dry out!
    Mom to Dakota 12-25-2008
    RCDH/ECMO/Premie survivor

  5. Stay strong for your sweet Jude, God will grant you exactly what is needed! As I'm sending this message, "Here Comes the Sun" by the Beatles just started playing on my itunes - I'm a big believer in God sending us signs!
    Lots of love to Jude!