|With Nikki and Sam Carter who were waiting news on their daughter in surgery|
Anna Faith was taken back to surgery about 1:30, an hour after it was scheduled. Shortly after they began, a code blue was called in the hospital. I could barely hear the location, but when it was repeated, my heart returned to my chest as they announced it was in a diagnostic lab, not the Operating Room. I prayed for the family affected that may have lost a loved one while Anna Faith was safe in surgery. We got an update after an hour telling us the back of her neck and cheek were finished and Dr. Chester was now working on the front of her neck. This turned out to be the shortest surgery she's had, lasting about 2 hours. We were pleasantly surprised when Dr. Chester came into our holding room to tell us the news: 99% of her nevi were now removed! She couldn't quite get a couple tiny spots on the front of her neck, but if the incision heals well and makes a pretty scar, she may be able to remove them in her office in several months. This was wonderful news!
|Before surgery #2 to begin removal on anterior neck|
|before surgery #4 to finish removal|
|one day post-op 07/03/14|
|before surgery #2 to begin removal on right cheek|
|before surgery #4 to complete removal|
|2 days post-op: no more cheek nevus!|
It is hard to believe her journey of nevus removal is probably over! Her first surgery was 11 months ago, and we were never sure how many surgeries she would need. She has done amazingly well with pain control and anxiety, especially for a two year old! We are blessed to have all of these events fall into place: a great surgeon, successful, uncomplicated surgeries, timing of surgeries around the farm's schedule so Kris could come to the hospital with us, good health of our family, good weather, available childcare for the boys, and no bad infections during healing. We have felt the many prayers from Facebook friends and family who support us and love our Little Lady.
To the nevus families who chose their child with nevi: You also have my admiration and respect. You chose this road, because you chose your child(ten) who were rejected by their birth parents, whether out of fear or out of another unknown reason. You grafted your beautiful child into your family and have loved and prayed them through the removal process. I understand your hearts, and they are precious in the sight of the Lord for your courageous and loving choice to take this journey with your little one(s). Our daughter only needed 4 surgeries, yet many others of you have dozens upon dozens of surgeries over the span of several years for your children. You are so strong, so brave, and so admired. Keep going and trust the Lord to carry you through.