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Today it's been 5 years since my son Matthew's A.V. Canal repair. I remember the nurses: Shannon, Jaime, and Patrick....They were so good with Matthew and with my husband and I.
If it wasn't for Children's Hospital and the Cardiac wing he wouldn't be here. Thank you all for what you have done for us and giving him a chance to grow in front of our eyes! Thank you Dr. Mah, Dr. Baird, and Dr. de Ferranti we owe you the world.
5 years ago today, I placed my one week old son in Dr. Emani's hands to repair his COA. I remember it like it was yesterday, and I'm thankful every day for the care we received at the Heart Center at Boston Children's Hospital.
1 year ago today Dr Baird performed open heart surgery on Cayman. It did NOT slow him down. Today his heart is as good as new and he barely even has a scar. Thank you Dr Baird and everyone on the cardiac floor at Boston Children's Hospital.
Two years ago today we were at Boston Children's Hospital and our daughter, Emily, was having an aortic stent placed. We were told it would have to be replaced by the time she turned 2 (which was last June) but its still in place and working beautifully. We thank God every day for the amazing work of Dr. Gerald Marx and Dr. James Lock.
This weekend we celebrated our beautiful daughter, Mikayla's 1st birthday and that’s thanks to the amazing surgeons and staff on the 8th floor!! Mikayla was born with a rare diagnosis of Pentalogy of Cantrell which included several heart defects.
There are a variety of ways to put your child to sleep for a surgical or other type of procedure. Our anesthesiologists will put together a plan that is specifically tailored to your child’s needs.
Usually, children are given some form of sedative to take by mouth (occasionally an injection is required), after which they are given additional anesthetic drugs that are inhaled through a mask or given through an intravenous line (which is placed after the child is sedated or completely unconscious).
To make the experience less traumatic for your child, the inhaled medications are candy- or fruit-scented to mask unpleasant odors. Your child will be allowed to choose the scent.
When your child goes to the operating room, you will be shown to the family waiting area, located next to the operating room on the third floor of the main building. A surgical nurse who is in contact with the operating room will update you at all stages of surgery. When surgery is completed, the surgeon will meet with you in the family waiting area to discuss your child's operation.
The length of surgery depends on the complexity of your child's case, and your surgeon can estimate the amount of time that the surgery will take. Once surgery is completed and you have met with your child's surgeon, you may go to the parent room in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit until your child is settled in on the unit. This is usually about one hour after your child returns from the Operating Room.
Because anesthesia relaxes the muscles that normally prevent food and drink from entering your lungs, adults undergoing anesthesia should refrain from eating or drinking solid foods or most liquids (other than water or clear juices) for at least eight hours before surgery. The pre-surgery eating schedule for infants and children is slightly different. Your surgeon or anesthesiologist will provide complete details.
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