SOMA’S SURGERY A SUCCESS, LUNG PROBLEMS KEEP HER ON MACHINE IN ICU, CHEST STILL OPENED

This is an update on baby Soma from Iraq. You can read about why we care so much about this little girl HERE. The below post is from Jeremy Courtney who is the Executive Director of PLC. Please continue to pray with us for Soma:

January 9, 2010 by Jeremy

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We do not want to be unnecessarily graphic; but do want to convey the gravity of Soma’s situation right now.

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Her valve was almost completely “gone” once doctors got to it on Friday, having already cooled her body temperature to 20 degree C. The valve repair went well and we met with Dr. Sertaç Çiçek in the 6th hour of hte surgery as his team began warming her body back up t 36 degrees C.

One and a half hours later they came back out and told us that her lungs had some problems after taking her off the heart-and-lung machine and they decided to put her on “extracorporeal membrane oxygenation” (ECMO) – a machine that effectively assists or replaces the lungs. So her heart is pumping, but ECMO is oxygenating her blood right now.

In the consult he estimated that she had a 65-75% of surviving ICU, saying Soma is in “satisfactory, but critical condition.”

Today the ICU nurses attending to Soma said she had a great night in ICU and was “doing a little better than before.” She will almost certainly be on ECMO with few changes for the next few days. In the meantime, please pray for her lungs to heal, her heart to strengthen, and her mother to remain at peace.