The Surgery that Saves (Little) Lives

Payton McKenzy, almost 4 weeks old
Payton McKenzy, almost 4 weeks old

This photo was taken a week and a half before my new granddaughter’s surgery.  Payton was born with a congenital heart defect, Transposition of the Great Vessel.  The surgery to correct this was done this past Tuesday (9/8/09) when she was almost one month old at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO, where she was airlifted by helicopter the day after she was born.  She’s currently recovering there and will be there for several more weeks.

A video of the same type of surgery is available online at the Discovery Channel website.  It’s amazing!
You can watch the video here . If you’re squeamish at the sight of blood, this video isn’t for you. 🙂
I’ve downloaded the video and will save it to show Payton when she’s old enough to watch it.
Thank you to everyone for your prayers, good wishes, and positive thoughts.  We love you!


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7 responses to “The Surgery that Saves (Little) Lives

  1. Thunderchild

    Good for little Payton. She’s a tough little boot.

    As she recovers, make sure you and the family do too Rox. It’s rough to have an ill family member. Do take care of yourself.

  2. I’m happy your little blessing got the blessing she needed. It’ll make those days when she’s into everything so much sweeter, won’t it?

  3. jammer5

    Keep on keepin’ on, baby girl.

  4. Bad Biker

    Let me echo TC’s thought, Wicked One – it is easy in times of crisis to forget about yourself. Remember the lessons you learned long ago – eat right, get your sleep, take some time for yourself, drink plenty of water, hang out with your friends on the Pop Blog.

    Stay away from that “nameless” blog.


  5. tosmarttobegop

    In many ways knowing what she went through is like knowing a miracle. The thought of what happened and her living is compelling. The human body is so fragile yet stronger then often imagined. I have faith in her and you all.

    I agree in such time people do not think of themselves, you compare what Payton is going through to what you yourself are forced to endure. You health and suffering seems small yet it will not help her if you fall down.

  6. Pedant

    ….Talk about being a born fighter. Way to go Payton!

    Take care wicked!

  7. lilacluvr

    Payton is absolutely ADORABLE!! So glad to hear she is doing amazingly well.