Remember when due to poor nutritional status, Andrew’s body lacked the proper healing mechanisms, so he literally cried his guts out after his second exploratory surgery? And then he ended up with a huge gaping hole in his stomach and had to go back into the operating room to cover it all up with a biosynthetic abdominal mesh to aid in the healing process?
We are happy to announce that his wound is now completely closed and healed. Sooner than we had anticipated, the whole ordeal took about two months. I wish I had a before and after picture to post. I could probably do the after picture (a large and unsightly scar) but I guess the before picture isn’t the kind of picture a parent thinks to take.
In other big surgery news, Andrew’s gastrostomy tube was also pulled this week. The g-tube was put in during his second exploratory surgery as a precautionary measure in case he developed more severe feeding issues later. Fortunately, it was only used for about a week. It only took about a day or two for the g-tube hole in his abdomen to close up.
Andrew will continue to be followed by surgery. There is a very good chance he may have to go back into the operating room for another (fourth) abdominal surgery before his first birthday due to a large hernia at the wound site.