At 12:02, I got a call from the OR noting that they were closing Annabelle's chest. All had gone VERY well, the nurse said, and Dr. Bichel would be out to see us soon.
He came out with a big grin on is face... MUCH different than the look he had at her last surgery in October when he was delivering much more blowing news.
In the doctor's words: "There is not one thing I can tell you that I'm worried about right now. Everything went exactly as anticipated."
The heart is a good fit. Her chest is CLOSED. And they are getting her back upstairs shortly. It will be another hour or two before we can go see her.
OH MY GOODNESS. I just don't even know how to process right now. I am excited and elated and scared and worried and exhausted and drained all at the same time. By the time we get to see her, it will be pretty darn close to 24 hours since we got the call.
I'll post another update tomorrow, along with some pictures from our wait (we kinda destroyed the empty waiting room... no worries, we put it back together before we left!) and with MOST IMPORTANTLY some pictures of Miss Annabelle with her new heart!!!
God is good. Amazing. Undescribable. I just don't know what else to say. I'm speechless and in awe of it all.
Almost Final stats:
7 1/2 hours in the OR (@4:30 to Midnight)
86 days on the Heart Transplant List
263 days in the hospital (and counting... this one will end SOON we PRAY!)
GOAL: Heart Day! (Check!!!) Home! (Working on it!!)