Sophia's heart was restarted without incident. They've closed now and she's in recovery. Her mom and dad will be able to see her in about 2-3 hours, and her Gramma Jackee and Grampa Bill shortly after that. She has a long road ahead of her. This surgery is over but she'll be in the CPICU for quite awhile - maybe as long as a week, with a couple of more weeks of hospitalization after that. Jackee said they'd probably be down there for 3 weeks or more. Then of course she'll have her regular angiograms and other stuff. But let me tell ya, this is one tough little cookie! She has a brother who is a year and half older than she is and she can run circles around him. So with the Good Lord's help, the skilled hands of her medical team, and all the love we can all give her, she'll have a good chance.
This is especially hard on Jackee. Her daughter, Krysta (Sophia's mom) would have had an older sister. But Cassie died two months into her short life from the same thing Sophia has. So every time something happens with Sophia, Jackee relives burying her little baby yet has to hide that from Krysta. Krysta knows about Cassie, of course, but Jackee has to work double hard not to project Cassie's death on what's happening with Sophia. Makes it really tough. Then too, we had another little guy in our Ronald McDonald House family who was born 2 weeks before Sophia. He died at 8 months old. This is a horrible heart defect. Hypoplastic Heart Syndrome is one of the worst of the worst. So if Sophia gets to open her eyes and see her family today, I'll count that as God working overtime to answer prayers from all over the country. Thank you all!
Edited to add: I love the half birthday idea too! Jenny and Kenny are leaving for Denver on Sunday to get Kendra's new braces Monday morning and they'll be seeing Sophia and the family. I'll bounce that off her before she leaves and have her ask Krysta about it.