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In case you missed it, we added one more stop on Maggie’s amazing adventure.  After totally dodging Reid and Evie’s nasty stomach bug, Mag went in for a second Cardiac Catheterization on 12/9.  The goal was to finish coiling the rest of the collateral vessels and to put a stent in her Left Pulmonary Artery.  As always, she was so incredibly brave and wowed the Cath Lab staff.

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All smiles just minutes before they took her back

During one of the hourly updates, the nurse told me how very impressed she was with Maggie. “She is so confident and brave.  I couldn’t believe she was only 7 years old.”  Linda, we can’t believe it either!  She is wise beyond her years, and amazes us every day.

Anyway, it was a bit of an emotional roller coaster that morning as one of the two Cath Lab docs came in to explain the complexity of the procedure and addressed the complications they could encounter.  He left the room to join his partner and we looked at each other, took a deep breath, and waited to hear more.

After 4 1/2 hours, the doctors came in to tell us they were finished and that they were successful in meeting one of the 2 goals.  They were able to plug the vessels but they were not able to stent the artery.  The plugs and stent would have been touching and this would be less than ideal.  So, we will wait for her body to grow over the plugs, and they will most likely place the stent this summer in another cath.

So, the results?  AMAZING!

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We have NEVER and I mean NEVER seen those numbers.  The number in the middle is the level of oxygen in her blood.  That reads 100%!!!!!  Normal!  It is really averaging around 95-97%, but even that is almost unbelievable to us.  We never dreamt we would ever see her that pink.  God is so good!

The Rams quarterback, Austin Davis, stopped by for a quick visit while Maggie still had to lay flat (she has to be flat for 6 hours after the cath)

The Rams quarterback, Austin Davis, stopped by for a quick visit while Maggie still had to lay flat (she has to be flat for 6 hours after the cath)

Trent, Evie, and Reid stopped by too

Trent, Evie, and Reid stopped by too

Sitting up and much happier!

Sitting up and much happier!

I'll take snuggles with my girl anytime and anywhere!

I’ll take snuggles with my girl anytime and anywhere!

We go in on the 19th for a check up, and I assume we’ll talk a little more about the stent.  Please join us in thanking the Lord for this great gift, and please pray that her oxygen saturations remain at this level for a VERY LONG TIME!

We stand in awe and wonder at His goodness in our lives as we thank Him for his abundant blessings this past week.

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