We got a chance to meet Dr. Belfort who is Dr. Ball’s partner. Dr. Belfort was out of town for the surgery and just returned. We were excited to meet him and get his take on the situation. Even more excited that he brought the ultrasound machine.
First things first. Yes, there are two good hearts beating. Unfortunately, it is quite evident the transfusion is still going on. You can see that Both hearts are doing fine which is good news. Ellen has a slightly larger than normal bladder, but nowhere near the size it was before the surgery. Ellen actually has a good amount of amniotic fluid around her which is another good sign. Her sac is the one that is leaking and it could be a good thing that she is producing a lot more fluid with the leak. The Dr. said it was kind of like sticking a hose into a blow-up pool with a small leak and allowing it to continually run. You could still have enough water to swim in. The dr. seemed very positive about Ellen’s progress.
Elizabeth’s bladder did not show up today, and she has no measurable amniotic fluid around her. She is still considered “stuck” because she does not have any fluid. Even though Elizabeth has not improved much, there is still HOPE. Dr. Belfort has seen cases where it takes a couple weeks before we start to notice the donors improvement. At this point Ellen is still getting the lion’s share of the placenta.
It is tough to get too excited when one child is doing much better than the other, because you love them both the same. But, based on where we were a week ago, this is really good news. Praise God!!
We thank you all so much for the prayers and encouragement! Bo