Saturday, April 26, 2008

The latest on Alfredito

I went over to Riley after class this morning to visit Alfredo. He's still on the ventilator, but the nurses were tight-lipped and I only had time to leave a note for Antonia and say a prayer before heading out.

Here's an update that Iván sent out earlier today:

Dear Friends,

It is with a heavy heart that I write to you to let you know that Alfredito is fighting for his life at Riley Children Hospital in Indianapolis.

On Thursday April 24 he underwent a second surgery to correct his birth defect of ambiguous genitalia. The procedure went by the book and exactly as it was planned. His surgery started at 3 pm and by 8 pm we were already in the recovery room. A quite shorter procedure compared to the first one performed last year.

Everything was developing quite normal when around 1 am he began to have problems to breathe. His condition deteriorated fairly rapidly and at 4 am we were taken to a special Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Clarion North Hospital. Even in intensive care his condition continued deteriorating and the doctors finally determined that Alfredo's kidneys had stopped working. The excessive fluid in his body was accumulating in his lungs and were causing the problem to breathe and subsequently he also developed a case of pneumonia. The doctors had to struggle to prevent his condition to continue deteriorating and around 6 am they decided to entubate him because he was no longer able to breathe on his own.

The decision was made to stabilize him and transfer him to Riley's ICU to have dialysis since his kidneys had stopped working. Eventually Alfredito was stabilized sometime around 11 am on the 25th. Right now, 3 am on the 26th, Alfredito is breathing through a machine and he is under continued dialysis until the doctors figure out why his kidneys are not working. He is in stable but critical condition and by no means he is out of the woods. The next 48 hours are critical. But no matter how well he develops he will be in the hospital several weeks if not months.

I ask you that you please keep Alfredito and his family in your prayers. I promise I will keep you informed the best I can and try to send you updated information every other day.

I'll keep you posted and let you know when I learn anything new.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

Scott... I check out your blog to laugh, and you have me in tears. Best of luck to the little guy.