Annabelle went down around 4:30ish. Plan was that it would take at least 3 hours to prep her, and heart would arrive sometimes after 7. The surgeon left to go get the heart around that same time.
Upon the insistence of my family, we went and ate dinner, since the first part of the equation is prepping her.
Many have asked time frames… and the answer to that is a big resounding, “It depends.”
But to give a general idea and approximates (but keep in mind they also told us we’d go to the OR at noon and that was 4 hours off…)
3 hours in the OR to prep (Includes getting lines in, putting her to sleep, intubating her, opening her up, and getting her ready for the heart.)
They error on the side of being ready early, so there is a good chance they will be ready with her open a little before the heart gets here (there is only so long they have to get the heart in, so she HAS to be ready when it gets here…. they try to error on the side of caution and be ready early)
Once they get the heart, it should take about an hour or more to get it in.
In all, they say most heart transplants are around 4 to 6 hours long. They anticipate Annabelle’s to take 6-7 hours since she has had prior surgeries thus has a lot of scar tissue, as well as that they have to reconstruct some inlets/outlets since she was a previous Norwood heart.
BUT… there are SO many factors that could make it quicker or could make it much longer.
Regardless, it’s going to be a late night.
We got an update at around 6:15 that they had her lines in, she was put to sleep, and were starting the incision.
They will update every hour or two during the process, or when something big happens.
I, in turn, will update here for big updates… twitter for smaller ones.
THANK YOU so much for your prayers!!! Just knowing that everyone is lifting my Annabelle up in prayer today brings peace to my heart tonight. God is with my Annabelle and the surgeon right now and is overseeing everything from his perfect vantage point.