Today we where hoping to come of ECMO and start on the road out of ICU and eventually back home.
Unfortunately we didn’t get as far as we hoped.
The surgeon started by removing one of the two drainage lines running for James’ chest. This worked as hoped.
The next step was to block the ECMO machine off and see how he went. After all the problems with the left ventricle last weekend, this time it was the right side with wasn’t doing everything it should.
This means the heart was struggling to send blood to the lungs to get the oxygen.
The Surgeon made the decision to leave the little guy on ECMO for another couple of days and possibly try again on Friday.
It wasn’t quiet the result we where hoping for, but it was a small step forward