We eventually got the phone call last night.

At about 9pm James made it to ICU (Intesive Care). The operation went as the surgeon had hoped.

He patched the hole (a <A class="" title=VSD href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ventricular_septal_defect" target=_blank mce_href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ventricular_septal_defect">VSD), repaired the <A class="" title="Aortic Arch" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aortic_arch" target=_blank mce_href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aortic_arch">Aortic Arch and completed an enlargement of the left ventricular outflow track (LVOT).

Seeing the little guy wired up to what seemed like every device known to medical science was terrible. I'll try and upload a photo sometime soon, but basically every bit of James seemed to have something attached.

 There is a central line into the neck, the breathing and feeding tubes into his nose, a tube into the mouth (not sure what it's for) a line into his right arm for BP and bloods, a line into the left arm, stuff hanging off the legs and worst of all is the open chest.

The surgeon decided to leave it open. This means that there is a half centimetre hole running down his sternum which has been covered with a clear plastic. Not pretty.