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Martin's Surgery Photos

February 2012

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Swallow study they did on Martin to make sure he was swall­ow­ing withou...

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The morn­ing of the surg­ery

Only an hour to go before the surg­ery

Martin surr­ounded by his budd­ies the morn­ing of the surg­ery

Our first visit to see Martin after gett­ing thr­ough the diff­ic­ult 9-ho...

We hope to cont­inue to play music and talk to Martin even though he is...

Pray for our dear Baby Mart­in.

Martin and his faithful turtle friend beside him

Good morn­ing Mart­in! The morn­ing sun rays are shin­ing thr­ough the wind...

Our reg­ular route to the PCICU at MUSC.

The PCICU where Martin is rec­ov­er­ing.

2/8/12 11:00pm: Martin 24 hours after surg­ery list­en­ing to lull­aby mus...

Watch­ing and wait­ing. Day 2 of rec­ov­ery.

Day 2 Rec­ov­ery. His oxygen is still good and off of nitric oxide suppo...


Day 3 Rec­ov­ery. Martin is awake! One-w­eek-­old Martin wakes up to mommy...

Mart­in's chest is clos­ed! Hoor­ay!

Our daily view from the park­ing garage conn­ector to MUSC.

Day 4 Rec­ov­ery. Still a very sleepy baby. Poor guy has daddy's wild ha...

Nurses about to do "suct­ion­ing" of his lungs. He doesn't like this and...

Peac­eful again after the suct­ion­ing ord­eal.

After the rough night.

Day 5 Rec­ov­ery. Chest tube rem­oved and stable again after a rough nigh...

These stuffed toys have been so helpful propp­ing up his legs and arms...

I guess one of the nurses did this. This is att­ached to the oxygen lin...

He looks very diff­er­ent with his eyes clos­ed, but he's got big eyes wh...

Mommy, take me home! Poor guy really str­uggles with the tubes.

He does not like that breath­ing tube. The thing that he hates the most...

Taking every prec­aut­ion. We are not sick ours­elves (yet) but our kids...

Martin trying to sleep with all that tape on his face.

Look­ing at mommy and daddy's face! I wonder what he's think­ing? That t...

My! What big feet you have, Mart­in!

As he bec­omes more awake and alert, he seems to be more unc­omf­ort­able....

Martin still fight­ing thr­ough the rec­ov­ery. This pict­ure was taken the...

The morn­ing after putt­ing him back on par­alytic and re-­ins­ert­ing the b...

Martin looked rather pale to us and not well after Sund­ay. It's been s...

He looks better by the end of the day. But still very thin and rather...

They now have IVs in his hands. One in each hand. Looks unc­omf­ort­able...

Justin cel­ebr­ated a birthd­ay. He's now 5. We love all our children dea...

Martin is making a strong com­eb­ack in his rec­ov­ery. Eating well. And o...

Abject mis­ery! Mom­ents before ext­ub­at­ion. Trying to keep him calm to a...

MIL­EST­ONE! Breath­ing tube is fin­ally GONE! His comf­ort level just went...

MIL­EST­ONE! Breath­ing tube is fin­ally GONE! His comf­ort level just went...

We are all breath­ing a little bit easier now that the breath­ing tube h...

A beaut­iful sight! In my opin­ion, the best screen yet of that breathin...

Our other children are so happy to be safely back at home in Greenv­ill...

Look who took to his pac­if­ier right away! Way to go, Martin boy!

Mart­in's happy face. Over 24 hours after ext­ub­at­ion and still breathin...

Mart­in's worr­ied face. You're on the right track, Mart­in. No need to w...

Martin keep­ing an eye on us to make sure we don't go anywh­ere.

Still enj­oy­ing that pac­if­ier. It works wond­ers in keep­ing him happy an...

Fin­ally get to hold him again! It's been 3 weeks since the last time w...

Caught the tail end of his smile. He was act­ually smil­ing much bigger...

He's so comf­ort­able in this pos­it­ion -- look­ing into Mommy's face.

Tuesday morn­ing -- second day after RA line was rem­ov­ed.

Good morn­ing happy baby -- second day after RA line rem­oved

Gett­ing a bath. Hey, stop doing that!

Bath time. He doesn't seem to mind it so much.

Sweet dreams baby boy. Made it thr­ough the first 24 hours with­out feed...




Made it thr­ough the 48-h­our NEC scare. Res­umed feeds -- slowly.

Martin loves to smile! We enjoy trying to get him to smile. It brighte...

Martin loves to smile! We enjoy trying to get him to smile. It brighte...

I love to smile!

The view from Mart­in's bed to the rest of the room.

Martin almost cracks a smile at his big sist­er, Katie

Martin trying to figure out his big broth­er, Calvin

Mart­in, meet Just­in, your big broth­er. Just­in, say hello to Mart­in, th...

Martin gett­ing better every day

Martin look­ing into Mommy's face

Mart­in, what are you think­ing about?

The kids come to see Mart­in! He's now one month old!

Kat­ie's react­ion after hear­ing that she may be able to hold him!




The kids came to Charl­eston for a quick week­end visit and we had a gre...






Family portr­ait -- Martin is one month old now.

Saying goodbye to our kids until the next week­end

Saying goodbye is so hard to do. We had a great time with our kids --...

Look Mom! No nasal cann­ula! Ther­e's less stuff on my face!

Daddy trying to get Martin to smile!

Martin gett­ing an eyef­ul!

Dr. Kav­ar­ana was the surg­eon who perf­ormed the 9-hour Norw­ood open-hea...

Mart­in's typ­ical worr­ied expr­ess­ion.


Martin has a funny cross-­eyed expr­ess­ion as he tries to look at the ca...

Pit­if­ul! This is how we all felt when we disc­ov­ered more blood in Mart...

Feel­ing better and more rel­axed after the nurse gave him a does of oxy...

We got a smile out of him the day he was having tummy trouble.

Another smile.

We love our little Baby Mart­in. He's had it rough. Alr­eady 5 weeks old...

Mommy and Martin bond­ing time.

He had a bad case of it for a few days

I am feel­ing much bett­er, Mommy! Now if they can just get that thing o...

A second week­end visit from the kids!

Enj­oy­ing a beaut­iful day with the kids by Shem Creek

Expl­or­ing the shrimp boats at Shem Creek

Weather was a tad chilly as we took a stroll thr­ough the Mt. Pleas­ant...

Really pretty park with a long dock ext­end­ing into the Cooper River.

USS Yorkt­own aircr­aft carr­ier

Walk­ing the big dock by the Rav­enel Bridge


Vis­it­ing Martin again in the PCICU


Katie and Calvin enj­oy­ing a chat beside Martin

Calvin loves his little brother

The kids gett­ing a good look at little Martin



Justin not quite sure what to do with a crying baby.

You can only imag­ine the expr­ess­ion Martin has on his face -- but he's...


What's with the funny face?

The battle scars. The long line in the middle is where he had open-hea...

With the pacing wires out of his chest, Martin is able to sleep on his...

First time trying a bottle! So far so good. No 'mech­an­ic­al' swall­ow­ing...

Gett­ing ready to get out of the PCICU!

Gotta rem­ember to bring the pict­ure of the kids to the new room.

Look at this! We're fin­ally gett­ing wheeled out of here after 6 weeks...

Big move for Mart­in.

Gett­ing setup in the new room. 8th floor of the Children Hosp­ital in t...

In a new bed. In a new room. In the Childr­en's Hosp­ital now. Next stop...

He loves the breastm­ilk! He drank 65mL in 30 min­utes by bottle!

Martin and Mommy share a moment after a great sess­ion with breastm­ilk....

Martin is all worn out after drink­ing a great meal! App­ar­ently breastm...

Martin fin­ally out of the PCICU.

Martin had 24 hours of breastm­ilk which fatt­ened him up (this is a goo...

We ran out to the store and got some things to apply to the ring of th...

Martin passed the swallow study with flying colors the second time aro...

For the 24 hours he was on breastm­ilk, he was one happy little baby!

Happy to be on breastm­ilk -- even if it was for 24 hours.

I'm much happ­ier now! Martin with­out the feed­ing tube. We just learned...

Pack­ing our stuff and gett­ing ready to leave the hosp­it­al!

Martin gets his final ech­oc­ard­iogram before we are disch­arg­ed. No prob...

Martin ready to get out of the hosp­ital and enter the real world!

Mart­in, our mir­acle boy, with that sly smile of his -- at home at last...

Justin look­ing at Martin sleep­ing in his swing at home.

The first night of Mart­in's hom­ec­om­ing! So great to be reun­ited with o...


Martin fin­ally safe and sound at home! Our journey is fin­ally over --...

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