Good news! After about an hour and fifteen minutes of being clamped off from ECMO, Jude is doing very well! His blood gases have been checked 3 times, and everything has looked great every time! Praise God!
The trial off got started around 3:30 pm, which was a little later than anticipated. Since our last post, the attending neonatologist decided that the trial off would last for four hours instead of two, so we should have a good idea of how Jude will weather being on his own sans ECMO after the trial is over. Provided things continue to go well for the remainder of the trial off, Jude will be decannulated later this evening!
We're expecting that an echocardiogram will be done around 5:30 or 6 pm, which will tell us about his ventricular function and whether his pulmonary hypertension has gotten better during his run on ECMO.
Please continue to pray with us that Jude's lungs will be fully recruited and inflated, that his blood gases will remain within acceptable ranges, and that the echocardiogram will reveal good news about his heart function and his pulmonary hypertension. God is good!