Here are the two men who deserve most of the credit for saving Clara's life. Dr. Petty put Clara on ECMO in the wee hours of the morning on her second day of life and was her primary surgeon who followed her (and carried us) through her 78 days at Brenner. He's the one who had to break the news to us that he didn't expect her to live and he's the first to give credit where it's really due - even today he said, "This one was all God." Dr. Turner did Clara's repair surgery and also took her off of ECMO and for those two big days he will always hold a special place in our hearts. He's been performing surgery on babies for decades and we're so thankful for his expertise, his wisdom, and the care and compassion (and sense of humor) with which he handled us during those days. Our hearts always swelled with hope and comfort whenever we saw Dr. Turner coming. These two men rock our worlds.
|Clara and Dr. Petty|
|Clara and Dr. Turner|
|Dave, respiratory therapist|
|Chrissy, Clara and Scott|
|Clara grabbin' Crystal's lip. (That's love).|
|Dr. Yang and Erica (who always had a smile and a positive word of encouragement for us, too!)|
Of course, there were other people who we loved a lot and miss as much as these folks, but didn't get to see today. We saw Martha (the lactation consultant who was committed to helping Clara and me both learn how to nurse) and Wanda (the CNA who loved us like her own) on our last visit though.
|Martha and Wanda with Clara|
Clara did have to get a chest x-ray before we left the hospital. By this point, it was nearly an hour and a half past her afternoon nap time and she was such an incredible trooper to still be hanging in there. She was tired and hungry, but still let the x-ray tech strap her into this contraption for a few quick x-rays. She was within her right to scream and cry, and if she had, this would have been pitiful. Since she was instead looking at us like, "what the heck is going on here?!" it was just hilarious. Poor baby!
(By the way, Clara weighed 14 pounds, 11 ounces today, another 13 ounce gain in the past 13 days! The official report from the surgeons today was that Clara is doing great! We're to continue helping her gain weight and try desperately to protect her from germs and exposure during the upcoming cold and flu season. But as long as there are no issues, there are no issues. She's doing fantastic.)