Day 1: Double Switch is Over!

Wow. What a day.

Leo was being such a goof after taking a sedative before being admitted. (I’ll try to post a video to our Facebook page later). Love our goofy and brave little man! The hardest part of the day was handing Leo off to the OR nurse! Always the most emotional part! Crazy how much love and concern you can feel for your kids!


Leo was in the OR from around 9am to 5pm, about 8 hours in total. As tired as we are, we can’t imagine being the surgeons and nurses in the OR! We will never be able to express our gratitude to those amazing men and women taking such wonderful care of baby Leo.


We were happy to see how well Leo looked after surgery. They were able to close his chest up (about 70% of the time they leave the chest open for a day or two), which we are so thankful for! Leo is still intubated on a ventilator, and they’ll be keeping him paralyzed for at least the next 24 hours.


Lot’s of wires – it looks worse than it is. There are chest tubes, IV lines, NG tube, intubation tube, internal thermometer, blood pressure cuffs, central lines, catheter, pulse ox, etc. He’s also on continuous milrinone, epinephrine, and morphine infusion for now. Hopefully they’ll be able to wean him off these in a few days.

His temperature was increasing as we left (about 38*C), which was causing his heart rate to increase. So as we left for the night they were cooling his head with ice to help the fever and tachycardia to go down.

Mark and I grabbed a late dinner together. It was nice to be able to go on a date after such a long day. Thanks ICU nurses! Hoping to catch up on sleep tomorrow while Leo is still sedated.

Thank you all who have been praying for Leo and the rest of the family! We felt so at peace today, and we know that’s only because of the Holy Spirit comforting us and reminding us of Truth during this time.

The Double Switch operation is over, but like our cardiac surgeon told us, there’s still a long road ahead!


14 Comments on “Day 1: Double Switch is Over!

  1. GREAT news, guys! 🙂 So thankful for the peace you felt. YES – I can’t imagine the relief the nurses and doctors must feel! They probably want to sleep for a couple of days! Will be praying you get some very good rest tonight. 🙂

  2. We are praying in Montana…Thank you God for the miracles thus far. Please heal little Leo smoothly and quickly so he can join his parents at home…Also, I pray for peace and wisdom for Mark and Lauren. It is all in your hands, Lord…Amen…
    So glad things have gone well so far!

  3. So glad it went well we have been praying in Stockdale and will continue to do so.

  4. Thanks for sending the pictures. We went to a luncheon yesterday and there were about 150 people there. They asked for prayer and we mentioned Leo. It was comforting to know that so many were praying for Leo.

  5. I’ve been praying all day yesterday every time he came to my mind which was often. We also prayed at Ladies Bible Study last night and I know many in our church in Winona are all praying. I am glad he is doing well and that you felt God’s peace through this. I have 3 kids and I never had to go through anything more then a few stitches. I can’t imagine how difficult this is.

  6. Was glad to read of Leo’s miracle this morning. It must have been an exhausting time for the family. Bill and Judy MacLeod

  7. Thanks for the update and pictures. We are praying that Leo will have a complete recovery and be able to be back in his parents arms very soon. Rowland and Madeline Cuthbert

  8. Praying for you guys daily this week. Leo is such a handsome sweetie pie! My mom goes to FBC Grandview and I have been staying updated on you guys since you found out about his condition. We had a son in July who had three heart defects and had open heart surgery at 10 days old. He is doing very well now (we go to cardio doc tomorrow for follow up). I hope Leo is dong better and pray God give his body strength to heal correctly and timely. I also pray that you two stay strong together as a couple and lean on Christ. Sounds like you guys are an amazing couple .We too are in the ministry. Hoping to send you guys a care package if that’s okay.

  9. I have set up a nice prayer chain here and many of my friends are continuing to pray for you all. Love and strength to you my dear family. ❤ Aunt Peg

  10. Have been praying for baby Leo faithfully everyday and his parent too! God is Great, we have been blessed by this miracle. Love to all. Auntie Anne

  11. Seeing your son after surgery took me right back to the times I handed my own child off to the surgeons. He has CHD also – a single ventricle defect, and you are so right that there is nothing harder than giving your child to the OR nurse, not knowing if you will see him alive again. I’m so glad your little boy is doing well. Thank you for sharing your story.

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