As most of you know, Maggie had her cardiac catheterization on Thursday. We arrived at Cardinal Glennon at 6:30 a.m. with a smiley but somewhat nervous girl. For the next 1 1/2 hours, Maggie entertained her nurses with her sweet personality and stories about her trip to Thailand. She loved seeing their reactions when she told them that she really did go to Thailand!
They took her back at 8:00 with the expectation that her cath would take about 4 hours. As soon as we settled into the waiting room, I checked my phone and there was a message from her previous cath doctor at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. He said that we should have them check for veno-venous formations near her Renal Vein. We looked at each other and said, “well, this is awkward, but ok”. So, Ryan called the nurse in the cath lab and told her that Maggie’s other doctor said to check such and such. She was a little taken aback but said she would pass it on. Maggie’s nurse was wonderful at keeping us updated on the hour. After 4 updates, she called to say that they had coiled a couple of collaterals and that they were getting ready to look near the Renal Vein which is not a typical place to find them but they were following Dr. Murphy’s advice. Sure enough, they found more than one to coil but they were in a very complicated location. After 3.5 hours of trying to take care of the bundle of collaterals they found, they decided that she had been back there for long enough. So, 7.5 hours later, Maggie was finished. Dr. Danon shared the results with us. He was able to coil 3 significant collaterals. However, she was a bit tricky and he would need to talk with his colleagues and Maggie’s cardiologist about what step would be taken next. The minimum that Maggie still needs is a stent in her left pulmonary artery which will most likely be done in another cath in a month. The rest of what they do is being decided on today when the doctors conference about Maggie’s case.

So, please be in prayer for her doctors today as they discuss what they found on Thursday, and decide what the next step is for our girl.

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