Plea for Prayers: Baby Facing Major Neuro- and Plastic Surgery Today

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Join with me  today to pray God fills that baby’s surgery room with the light of heaven, filling every corner with His angels and that He guides the hands of the surgeons.

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Craniosynostosis – the coronal suture has prematurely fused.

My ten-month-old grandson is a happy, quick, engaging little fellow who was born with the plates of his skull fused together prematurely. As a result, he is facing major surgery to cut the plates and reshape his head which has grown lopsided.

Emmett’s surgery is on Wednesday Nov. 19 at 9 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. The surgery will take between 5-7 hours, but it could take up to 10 hours.

The details of the surgery are as follows: an incision is made from ear to ear, the skull is removed from the orbital bone to the centre of the head. After the neurosurgeon removes a piece of his skull that has fused prematurely, a plastic surgeon will reshape the skull.  Then the surgeon will put it back together using plates and screws which are made of a dissoluble substance. They use between 150-200 screws. There is a 50/50 chance Emmett will need a blood transfusion.

He will be in ICU for the first 24 hours, completely sedated and unconscious and then moved to a room on Thursday evening. He will be in Children’s Hospîtal of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) for 5-7 days.

We have been for warned that there will be significant swelling. Emmett’s eyes will most likely be swollen shut for the first few days after surgery. His arms will be bandaged to splints and immobile so he can’t touch his face and head.  Recovery time is approximately 6-8 weeks. He may have to wear a helmet (this will be decided post-op).

Here are images of what we can expect to see when we can visit on Friday and as he heals during the week

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I am reaching out to all the warm hearted lovers of God who have connected with me these past two years. I humbly beg for prayers- to lift off worry and anxiety, stress and fear off the adults involved so that Emmet’ soul will be soaked in peace and the Love of God.

I  pray God fills that surgery room with the light of heaven, filling every corner with His angels and that He guides the hands of the surgeons.

I am so grateful that I am moved to tears because I know that  I can rest in the arms of your prayers

Thank you, everyone!

Copyright 2014, Melanie Jean Juneau

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Melanie Jean Juneau is a mother of nine children who blogs at joy of nine9. Her writing is humorous and heart-warming; thoughtful and thought-provoking. Part of her call and her witness is to write the truth about children, family, marriage and the sacredness of life. Melanie is the administrator of ACWB, the Editor in Chief at CatholicLane, CatholicStand, Catholic365 , CAPC & author of Echoes of the Divine.

15 Comments

  1. I’ll keep him in my prayers today. My cousin was born with the same problem, and faced several surgeries as he was growing up. (My aunt and uncle lived in Balitmore at the time, and Ben Carson was his surgeon/specialist.) He came through and is now a college grad!

    May God guide the hands of your grandson’s surgeons, and may the prayers of St. Luke give you comfort today!

    • Melanie Jean Juneau on

      thank-you so much- we just heard at 30 2more hours of surgery- my son just ran into the neurosurgeon in the hall and he said everything is going really well/routine. The plastic surgeon is just putting the skull back together- Praise God.

    • Melanie Jean Juneau on

      thank-you surgery took 8 hours- he has 200 screws in his skull.the next four days will be rough as his head swells up, shutting his eyes and his arms will be bandaged to splints so he does not rip off bandages

    • Melanie Jean Juneau on

      Emmett is doing amazing both nurse and surgeon are so impressed of how well he’s doing and on very little morphine. Nurse said she’s never had a baby who’s had same surgery sleep through the night.

    • Melanie Jean Juneau on

      Baby Emmett was so swollen that he could not see and this usually lasts for 4 or five days BUT- we prayed at 3pm that the would swelling would go down enough for him to see and he cracked open one eye at ?pm and PLAYED and clapped his hands!!

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