Elliott Hampton

Elliott Hampton
Elliott Hampton

Thursday, June 30, 2011

'twas the night before surgery

As many if you know, this has been a particularly arduous day. I know many are very worried, and I wish I could say something to assuage your concerns. Unfortunately, I cannot. I can only say that Elliott is a fighter. He is presently stable, as the ventilator is breathing for him. He is sedated, his pain is managed.

He has a (new to him) night nurse, which, frankly, makes us uneasy. Surely she is good at her job, or she wouldn't be at TCH.

We will be there in the morning to visit with him before surgery. Surgery will last approximately 8 hours. It is a VERY complex set of procedures. The surgeon actually rated this surgery as a 9 on a 10 point scale of complexity. The positive news is that at TCH, 95% of these surgeries go well without any major complications. There is no reason to believe that there will be any complications. As I mentioned earlier, Elliott is presently stable. His blood work has all returned with good results. His saturations are good. His brain MRI was normal. These are all good prognostic indicators. Let's cling to these facts.

Tomorrow will be the longest day, and the next week will be extraordinarily taxing, as we await his recovery step by step. Please keep our sweet Elliott in your thoughts and prayers as he embarks on a battle of monumental proportions.

I cannot thank you enough for your words of support, and your thoughts and prayers. We are truly fortunate to have such an amazing support network of people in town, and out of town. We relish each text, comment, and voicemail, although we don't often reply. Please keep them coming.


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