Well, it happened on July 10th, and I am happy to say: SHE KICKED ASS!
The heart surgery lasted 5 hours and Avery spent the following 24 hours in the cardiac intensive care unit. After that, she was moved to a standard hospital room. To Dana and Chris’ amazement, Avery was smiling and cooing 24 hours after surgery. And she was discharged from the hospital Friday night (3 days after open-heart surgery!).
The last few weeks of recovery have been hard on Dana and Chris, mainly due to all the medications Avery requires. But overall, Avery is doing just great! Dana’s mom flew in to help with that and also to help with care of their older son, Lucas (yet another member of the “Cutest Kids on the Planet” Club).
But, just to show you what a fighter this little girls is, check out pictures of her from her hospital stay. I can’t believe the light and joy you can see in her face.
So. soon. after. surgery.
Dana and Chris have reason to be proud of this child, that is for certain.