Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Day 1 after Surgery

The surgery was successful! Dr. Bischell came out after it was over and said that he would give the whole process an A+!!!
Last night, or should I say this morning, we finally got to see Reed around 2 am. It took them a while to get all of his new tubes set up and for some of the bleeding to quit. The bleeding was expected because he was given medicine during the surgery so that his blood would not clot. Once they got him settled, we got to see our sweet boy. He looked great even with all the tubes on him. The coolest part was seeing how easily his chest was moving up and down while he was breathing with his new heart. Before surgery, his old heart had to work so hard to help him breathe and you could see his chest make hard contractions to help breathe.
I will update later today with pictures.
Ryan even asked if we could get a picture of Reed's old heart. We had to sign some papers and they took a picture of his heart sitting in his chest before they removed it, his old heart removed and a picture of his brand new heart before it was put in his chest...pretty cool!
I have not been up this morning but Ryan said that the doctors just made rounds and that he is doing great! Please continue to lift Reed and his doctors up in prayers. Pray that Reed's body will not reject this new heart and that he will thrive and doing great with his new plumbing!!! Ryan and I cannot express to you how grateful we are for all the prayers you have lifted up and how great our God is!

32 comments:

Ann said...

Ryan and Keeley, that is awesome news!!! I will continue to pray for Reed to grow strong and health with his new heart. God is so good!! Prayer is the answer!!

Max's Family said...

I have been refreshing your page all morning!!!! The news is fantastic! Bridget couldn't get on her computer this morning for some reason so I called and we read it together for the first time. We both were in tears. I can only imagine how it felt to see him breathing and his chest moving like you described. I can't wait to see pictures!

Hoy and Ali said...

Thanks for taking the time to keep us updated...we are all anxiously waiting for the latest news!

juliette said...

Reed is in wonderful hands with Dr. Bichell. He operated on our son Jackson at 6 days old and did an amazing job. Continuing to pray for Reed, you and Ryan, and all the doctors.
Juliette Allen

Jennie Scott said...

I saw him this morning. Was hoping to catch you guys. He looked great. It was awesome to watch that little chest move up and down.

joyce klein said...

WHAT GREAT NEWS, GOD IS AWESOME, WE WILL CONTINUE TO KEEP LITTLE REED IN OUR PRAYERS AND THE REST OF YOU ALSOM

Dana said...

Ryan and Keeley,
I know that so many have prayed for this day and we are so happy for you!! We will continue to keep him in our prayers and know that God is watching over your sweet family.
Love,
Jerry, Dana, Wesley, John @ Kendall

Laura said...

What a blessing. We will continue to pray for Reed to be strong and for his new heart to love its new home. God is good!

The Parker Family said...

That is wonderful to hear that everything went great yesterday and last night. We are continuing to pray for baby Reed and all of you today. Let us know if you need anything.

Emily Clev said...

Praise GOD!! I am so happy for all of you!!! Keep Fighting hard Baby Reed!! I can't wait to hold that sweet baby with his precious new heart!! Let me know if you need ANYTHING!!! I love you all!!

Emily said...

That is wonderful news!!!!!!!! You all are in our prayers.

The Hadfields said...

Thank God!!

Gavin's Mama said...

SOOO HAPPY FOR YOU ALL!!! We will continue to pray for Reed as he recovers. God is GOOD!

DCVol said...

We are praising God for this awesome news and will KEEP PRAYING for you all. Love, the Specks

Sean W. said...

Awesome, we hated that we left the day of all this. We would have loved to be there for you guys. We love you and were glad to spend time with you this past weekend!
Give Reed and Braden our Love!
Uncle Sean and Aunt Sheena

Courtney said...

What wonderful news! I can't tell you how happy I am for you guys! Hang in there, and you all will continue to be in our prayers.

The Byrd Family said...

What wonderful news! You all were the first thing I thought of this morning and was so relieved to hear that everything went so well! God truly is so wonderful! Reed is a lucky little boy to have a God and a mommy and daddy that love him so much!!! ~Robert, Dana & boys!

Ose said...

Keeley, Our family has been watching your blog and praying for you all. The elders & deacons of our congregation prayed for Reed last night while he was in surgery. We are so happy for you and so thankful to God for His having answered prayers for Reed and his parents, brother, family, and friends. God bless you!

Anonymous said...

Keeley and Ryan, We are so excited for you all and so very thankful for the successful surgery. Keeley, I had just seen you and Braden Sun.am & when we were in Atlanta Mon. we got the good news. We were traveling with the Moores so we all set some time aside to pray. Keep strong with your split time at home & the hospital. We are thankful to God for His wonderful care and pray for a speedy recovery for Reed. God bless, MariLynn

Dawn said...

Wonderful news!!!

Erin said...

I'm Faith's (Gavin's mama) sister-in-law, and she has been keeping me updated about Baby Reed. Your baby boy, as well as your family, have been in my prayers. I am so thankful Reed received his new heart and is doing well!! I will continue to pray for his recovery.

I live in the Nashville area. Please let me know if I can do anything for your family!!

Emily Myers said...

Love and blessings to your beautiful family. You are all in Ryan and my prayers daily. We are so happy to hear about the wonderful news of little Reed's new heart and hope to see both boys soon! Your strength is amazing.
Love, Emily (Olsen) Myers

Missy said...

May God continue to work hard for your family!

Candie Bowen said...

We are so glad that the surgery was a success! We will continue to pray for your family!

Sarah said...

What wonderful news! We will continue to keep Reed in our prayers!
Steven & Sarah (Ward) Jenkins

Ryan and Michelle said...

This is wonderful! We will continue to pray for this precious gift!

Jonathan said...

Ryan and Keeley, Hi, I am Jonathan Pharr. I am that random guy that came up to you in the surgical waiting room inquiring about Dr. Bichell. Our son was born with transposition of the major arteries and had two VSDs and one ASD. Anyway, it is great to hear that little Reed is doing well. You will be amazed at how quick things move from this point. We will be praying for you to get to the 5th floor quickly!

In a strange course of events, we have discovered that we kind of know each other through a friend. Ann Davis used to go to church in Oxford, MS, where we attended while at Ole Miss. Ann sent your story to the Oxford church to be put on their prayer list, while my Aunt Amy (also attends Oxford) was putting our son Isaac on the prayer list. This is how we got your blog page.

Interestingly, we know a family here in Tupelo, MS that also had twins, only one of which had a heart condition (Same as Isaac's). I can get you their contact info if you want it. They are also members of the church. I couldn't imagine going back and forth between two infants. We had a 2 year old at the time, and that was hard enough. If you ever need to talk to someone that has dealt with a heart defect before, please shoot us an email, and we can give you our phone numbers.

Well this is starting to look like a blog of my on so I will quit typing now. We will continue to keep your family in our prayers.
In Him,
Jonathan, Kim, Tristan and Isaac Pharr
jdpharr@ms.metrocast.net

Melanie said...

Ryan and Keeley, I have thought about you so much the past ten weeks. You have been such an encouragement to me without even knowing it. I have prayed for Reed to get a new heart and am so thankful he is doing well. I have tears in my eyes as I type this because I can't even imagine what you have been through and the joy you must be feeling. I also have been praying for the family of the child who made this transplant possible. Again, can not imagine. You continue to remain in my prayers and prais be to God the almighty healer. All things are possible.
Melanie Cabaniss Thomason

kma said...

We are still praying and are so very happy for the blessing of a new heart! I know that you are praising GOD for this wonderful answer to prayers! With Love and continued prayer, Kelly & Ward Austin

manyo3 said...

Praise God!!! What a miracle. We are in constant prayer for your family and have many people around us praying. I keep updating my facebook status with a link to your blog for maximum prayer coverage. :)

Just so happy right now! Love you guys.

Eric

Lisa said...

Keeley & Ryan,
We were so thrilled to hear that the surgery was successful! You all will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers as Reed recovers and gains strength.
Lisa & Burt Nowers

melissahanvey said...

I don't know your family personally, but Rebekah Parker has told me about your sweet boy. I am so happy for your family and will continue praying for your little Reed.
Melissa Hanvey
Kentucky