So the team have recommended that Mr Wrigglesworth gets a shunt put in place between the subclavian artery (that runs back from his right arm) to his lungs. The shunt is called a Blalock-Taussing shunt.
The Blalock-Taussig shunt will temporarily direct blood flow to his lungs and relieve the cyanosis that he is experiencing while he gets big enough for his corrective Rastelli operation. They will separate one branch of his subclavian artery and connect it with the pulmonary artery. The lungs will then receive more blood with low oxygen from the body to oxygenate.
Clearly Mr Wrigglesworth is Marcus’ son as the shunt is made of GoreTex and Marcus looooves all things GoreTex- much to the chagrin of me! This boy loves the outdoors so much already, that he will be wearing his outdoor gear on the inside right from the beginning. Flash!
As an aside, the shunt once in place will be about the size of a hollowed out piece of spaghetti!
He is on the surgery list and it will all happen sometime later this week,hopefully. They haven’t got enough beds in Intensive Care at the moment and as that is where he needs to go after the operation, we kind of have to wait.
Will post some more pics soon – the wee Mister started smiling yesterday and has a grin that is ear to ear. Absolutely gorgeous!