What to Expect when your Infant has Open Heart Surgery

By: The Parents of Myranda (8 months old) Open Heart Surgery Patient October 2, 1995 at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital Dr. Redmond Burke, Chief, Cardiovascular Surgery.
The Day Before Surgery
Admitted to hospital, a few tests (minimal pain and discomfort)
Myranda Photo
Day of Surgery
12:15 pm - Surgery begins
4:30 pm - Surgery completed
5:00 pm - Patient moved to CICU
Myranda surgery photo
Seven Hours After Surgery
Many I.V.s Two Chest tubes allow drainage Sleeping, breathing helped by ventilator
Myranda after surgery photo
Two Days After Surgery
All but two drugs discontinued Chest tubes removed, I.V. in left arm only Breast feeding okay
Myranda 3 days after surgery photo
Three Days After Surgery
Moved out of CICU to regular hospital room Eating baby food
Myranda photo

Four Days After Surgery
Sitting up Very active
Posing for picture with Dr. Burke

Ready to go home

Myranda with Dr. Burke photo
Five Days After Surgery
Home taking two medicines with few restrictions
Myranda Photo
Eight Months After Surgery
Look close or you'll miss the scar!
Myranda at home photo

For more information about The Heart Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospita or to make an appointment, please call (305) 662-8301.

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