Since his open heart surgery in January to repair his Aorta, our nephew CK has been recovering before his next round of surgeries. They're scheduled for next week at Duke. On Tuesday he will undergo a Cath procedure so doctors can determine the severity of his heart failure. Based on the results, they'll attempt either a mitral valve catheter balloon valvuloplasty or a full-blown mitral valve replacement on Friday. We're hoping the valvuloplasty will work, although it's only a temporary fix. Please continue to keep him in your thoughts and prayers next week.
I'd like to also extend a huge thank you to all of you that donated money to help my sister's family during these tough times. Every little bit helps as they continue to struggle with mounting medical bills as well as the financial stress caused by missed work and travel to and from Duke from their home on the North Carolina coast. We were able to raise more than $3,000 in just two months. The money has been presented to her and it's already being put to use to help the family. Of course more will be needed as CK endures more surgeries.
In the meantime, New Bern, the town in which my parents and sister live, has shown tremendous support for the family. Last week the local hospital hosted a blood drive in CK's honor. It was an overwhelming success. More than 100 people came out to donate blood, with more than 90 qualifying to do so. They collected 270 units of blood that will undoubtedly save lives. The human spirit is alive and well in New Bern, as it is in the blogging community.
Next week I'll update on CK's surgeries and their outcomes. Again, thank you for your thoughts and prayers as this amazingly strong two-year-old goes through what children shouldn't have to.