Parker's surgery went all through the night. As soon as they found out the heart was available, they put his arms and legs on ice to slow down the blood flow. At 10:00 pm, his parents and grandparents were able to give their last hugs and kisses and say goodbye. Shortly after he went into the OR, where he was placed on a ventilator and artificial heart, which pumped and oxygenated his blood for him. Then they opened his chest and removed his heart and left lung, the lung so they would have more room to move around. At 1:00 am the doctor arrived with the new heart. At 4:45 am it started beating. The surgery went according to plan, which is better than anyone can hope.
Parker is now still sedated. His parents, Sheila and Jordan, just got to see him. He won't wake up today. There will still need to be weeks in the hospital in recovery, but things are going very well.
We are all very grateful for the prayers and faith of all those involved, for the doctors and nurses who performed their tasks so beautifully, for modern medicine that can give an 21 month old child a second chance at life, and for Primary Children's Hospital being such a fantastic resource, so close to home.