Thursday, October 31, 2013

Colin's New Esophagus!

Meet our friend Colin! This sweetie pie is currently in surgery today at Cincinnati Children Hospital. He is undergoing the same surgery Emmett had performed almost one year ago. Using the colon to replace, in Colin's situation, create an esophagus. 

I met Colin's mom through facebook. The surgery is unique and rare therfore there is only a small population of patients and families who have undergone this particular surgery which is called a Colonic Interposition. Colon's mom has shared with me a little about Colin's diagnosis and condition:
 "He has long gap esophageal atresia and he also had a
tracheoesophageal fistula which was surgically repaired when he was 2days old. Essentially, he was born with an abnormal connection between his lower esophagus and his windpipe. His upper esophagus ends in a blind pouch just below the back of his throat. The gap between the ends of the esophagus are usually short enough that they are repaired shortly after birth- but the gap in Colin's ends was 6.5cm and is now 3cm- but still too far apart to attach naturally- hence the segmental colonic interposition that he will be having done at 

Colin also has VACTERL association. it is a non-random association of birth defects. Each letter stands for a different birth defect. Colin has V C T E R L.. He also has a cleft lip which is not associated. So he has a long road and fight ahead of him even after this first surgery. It's likely he will have at least 6 surgeries before his first birthday".
This little guy and his family could sure use some faith and prayers in their behalf today. We are so grateful for the many endless prayers for Emmett's surgery last year. We know the reason for Emmett's positive out come, is because of the many prayers sent to our Father in Heaven in his behalf. Thank you! Help us strengthen their family through faith for Colin today and the next several weeks for a safe recovery.
 Go Colin, Go!

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