I asked my cousin Hannah if I could share this prayer request with you.
I know many of you have already been praying for this sweet little one.
Baby Oliver was born on Monday. My cousin and her husband were told early on in the pregnancy that Oliver would need heart surgery within the first few weeks of his life.
And the surgery was scheduled for just a few days from now.
But some very specific tests yesterday convinced the doctors that Monday’s surgery would not be successful, so it has been cancelled.
Oliver’s doctors are working to get him on a heart transplant list and tomorrow a team of doctors will meet to discuss options.
From Hannah (Oliver’s mama):
Oliver had some tests done yesterday. They needed to take some very specific pictures of his heart to prepare for surgery on Monday… they talked to us before hand about what they were looking for and what they expected to find, including the best and worst case scenarios… it took much longer than we expected… and little Oliver ended up falling on the worst case scenario end of things.
The structure of his heart formed in a way that they don’t feel like surgery can be successful. They are having a conference with multiple experts to discuss Oliver’s case tomorrow… the only other option besides providing comfort care was trying to get on a transplant list for a new heart for him.
Our doctor’s have contacted Stanford and are trying to get that done. There are significant risks with any kind of transplant, but especially heart transplants and especially newborns. For one thing, it is extremely hard to come by a newborn donor heart.
Please pray for Oliver… and for us- especially Cailan.
She has waited so long to be a big sister and has been so excited for him to finally be here.
We talked to her yesterday and after a very long cry, we went down to the PICU and she held him for a very long time and was so brave and so sweet.
My heart is breaking right now for both of my babies. I feel so helpless as a mother when all I want to do is protect them.
Fritz, Hannah, Cailan and Oliver
We are praying for wisdom for the doctors, for my cousin, her husband, their daughter Cailan (who has waited with such longing to have a sibling) and for little Oliver–
And we all would welcome your prayers for this precious baby and his family.