The doctors were able to get into his pulmonary artery and balloon out the existing structure without having to add anything new. We just have to try to keep his right leg straight for the next four hours–if you know Canaan, you know that will be easier said than done.
So he’s doing well, but he’s still looking at a road ahead of him. The doctor’s hope is that this will keep him out of the cath lab for a few years. At that point, he will need another cath procedure to replace the current stint with one that will last until he’s an adult. Shortly after that, he will need another surgery to have his pulmonary valve replaced, which is a much bigger deal than what happened today. So our full of life, energetic, happy little boy still has a tough road ahead of him. But we hope that between all of those surgeries that he has a happy life full of love and excitement and curiosity and adventure that all of you have helped us provide for him so far.
Some of you might have wondered why we would want to do this to ourselves again. We want to adopt a little girl, and we are hoping to adopt another baby with some health issues like Canaan. So why another child with health issues?
Well, first, it’s familiar to us. We know more about the heart than a lot of other people-the structure, the various defects, the symptoms of child heart problems. We are by no means experts, but we’ve dedicated time to be familiar with the things that are happening in our son’s body. We feel like these things will help us in raising another baby with similar issues. We may not end up with a baby with heart issues, but we are open to a baby with any health issues because of Canaan.
Second, most people who adopt want a “healthy” baby. This makes it harder to place babies that have health concerns. We want to open up our hearts and homes to a baby that maybe others don’t feel like they could. Canaan has made us realize that we can do much harder things than we ever thought possible. If we were having children biologically, we wouldn’t be guaranteed a completely healthy baby, so why not adopt a child with health issues, we feel like we are well equipped to care for a child like that.
With all of this being said, we aren’t saints or heroes or anything of the sort, so please don’t call us that. Children are placed for adoption for all sorts of reasons and they all have their own unique story, and their birth mothers have their own stories too.
We aren’t hoping to rescue a sick kid from a bad situation, we just want to open up our home and hearts to a little girl. I do want to remind you that we are still applying for grants, saving, and accepting donations for our next adoption, but you can read about that here: Be Part of Our Story.
But for now, know that Canaan is doing well!