Lily is currently in the operating room under the skilled hands of Dr. Jonas, undergoing her fourth open heart surgery. Today, Dr. Jonas will attempt to use donor tissue to attach Lily's right pulmonary artery to her Fontan (the gortex tube that was placed in her chest in July to re-route her blood flow). Unfortunately, donor tissue likes to be attached to human tissue, not gortex. The surgery team is giving this surgery a 20% chance of working, and even if it does work, it will only last for 1-2 years maximum. Lily needs a God-sized miracle in order to get her right lung to properly function again.
As it turns out, Lily, Jacques and I all have the same blood type...B+. Because I am pregnant, I was not allowed to donate my blood...no matter how convincing my pleas may have been! The awesome news is that Jacques was able to donate his blood to be used during Lily's surgery. Very soon, Lily will have her Papa's blood coursing through her veins! I get chills every time I think of this beautiful symbolism.
The hours, days, weeks, and months following this surgery hold a lot of unknowns for our little empress. I will try to keep the blog updated as best as I can, since I know she has prayer warriors around the world who are storming the gates of heaven on Lily's behalf.
Lily in the surgery prep room this morning...
being a rock star as usual, even though she clearly knew
what was about to happen. Sooooo brave!
What's been amazing to us throughout all of this,
is that although Lily is going through intense heart surgeries,
she is doing work on the hearts of everyone who meets her!
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Mathew 5:8