Friday, July 27, 2012

2 Years Post-Ladds

Today is the 2 year anniversary of Matthew's first surgery-- his Ladd's procedure to correct his malrotated (and volvulus) intestines.  2 years post-surgery, the only sign that he had this procedure is the faded scar on his belly.  Thanks be to God!

We are still so very thankful for our wonderful GI, who sees Matthew as the unique kid that he is, and our personable general surgeon who walked us through not only the surgery but the 6 day stay at TCH waiting for Matthew to recover. 

The statistics related to malrotation are quite scary.  Reading the stats a little more than 2 years ago, I was taken aback that the mortality rate for children with malrotation was between 2-24% depending on the study.  We are so very lucky they found the malrotation and were able to perform the Ladd's.  

But even post surgery (Ladd's procedure), there is a higher than average mortality rate because of long term possibilities of adhesions, and the like.  So, when I kiss Matthew's cute baby belly, with that fading scar, it is a reminder that we are all on borrowed time.  I am so very grateful for that time!

You can barely see the faded scar, just above the gray string,
about 2 inches from his belly button on his right side.

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