Grandson Ben’s surgery yesterday was a success ! While family members and friends all over the country were pacing the floor, worrying and praying, the surgeon was confidently and carefully doing what he does best, repairing the fistula in a young child’s brain.
Doctors in Atlanta had indicated there was a 50% chance of Ben’s suffering a small stroke during the procedure, but Dr. Berenstein said the chance of a stroke was less than 5%. Atlanta doctors also had told the family that one blood vessel in the brain might have to be “sacrificed,” but Dr. Berenstein found that not to be necessary.
Working with 10 or more people on his medical team. Dr. Berenstein placed 18 coils (made of platinum and each about the width of a human hair, I read online) in the fistula in Ben’s brain to slow the abnormal blood flow. Already, one day later, the swelling behind Ben’s eye has gone down. He was allowed to get up today and play in the children’s playroom at the hospital. He remains in pediatric intensive care, however, and will have a second procedure done Thursday (using medical-grade super glue) to bring the abnormal blood flow to a complete halt. It sounds like science fiction!
We are very grateful for everyone’s prayers and for the world’s finest medical team. Please continue to remember Ben as he goes through this second procedure.