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Re: Ty McDonald fighting for son's life

Posted: Wed Aug 12, 2020 7:50 am
by Cledus
blueandgoldblitz wrote:
Wed Aug 12, 2020 2:12 am
I'm just curious if someone knows the answer to this, but how does an adult kidney fit in a baby? And I'd imagine a heart transplant would have to come from another child? I'd have to think an adult heart would be way too big for a child's chest cavity.
You're not crazy. I had the exact same thoughts reading through everything.

Re: Ty McDonald fighting for son's life

Posted: Thu Aug 13, 2020 12:14 am
by blueandgoldblitz
Cledus wrote:
Wed Aug 12, 2020 7:50 am
blueandgoldblitz wrote:
Wed Aug 12, 2020 2:12 am
I'm just curious if someone knows the answer to this, but how does an adult kidney fit in a baby? And I'd imagine a heart transplant would have to come from another child? I'd have to think an adult heart would be way too big for a child's chest cavity.
You're not crazy. I had the exact same thoughts reading through everything.
I hope for the best, of course. I have 2 kids and I can't imagine having to go through something like this. I'm just too curious for my own good sometimes.

Re: Ty McDonald fighting for son's life

Posted: Fri Aug 14, 2020 11:11 am
by WolfPtCat
I believe there is enough room for an adult (small woman or adolescent) kidney to go into a baby. It would probably cause a bulge in the back of their lower torso.

The heart does have to be from an infant/toddler. I knew a pediatric transplant nurse, hearts always came from other children.

Re: Ty McDonald fighting for son's life

Posted: Sat Aug 15, 2020 12:16 am
by blueandgoldblitz
Thanks for the info. That significantly lowers the donor pool...

Re: Ty McDonald fighting for son's life

Posted: Sun Aug 23, 2020 8:07 pm
by MTCowpoke22
There is some great news. Ty and Jyll have word that a hospital in Florida is willing to look at Liam! They think they can stabilize or help his kidneys enough that it will enable him to get on the heart and kidney transplant lists in the future. It's very early in the process, but the fact that someone/anyone is willing to give him a shot is HUGE! They will likely be moving to Gainesville for the next 8-12 months if/when all the details of moving Lyam are figured out.

Re: Ty McDonald fighting for son's life

Posted: Sun Aug 23, 2020 8:29 pm
by Cataholic
MTCowpoke22 wrote:
Sun Aug 23, 2020 8:07 pm
There is some great news. Ty and Jyll have word that a hospital in Florida is willing to look at Liam! They think they can stabilize or help his kidneys enough that it will enable him to get on the heart and kidney transplant lists in the future. It's very early in the process, but the fact that someone/anyone is willing to give him a shot is HUGE! They will likely be moving to Gainesville for the next 8-12 months if/when all the details of moving Lyam are figured out.
Great news! Thank you for sharing the update!

Re: Ty McDonald fighting for son's life

Posted: Fri Sep 04, 2020 8:28 am
by MTCowpoke22
Lyam arrived in Gainsville yesterday. They were hoping to move him Monday, but weren't able to secure an echmo circuit until yesterday. Lyam made the flight in great shape with the flight team. Jyll was able to line up commercial flights and made it before Lyam, and I believe Ty is on the road between Denver and Florida today. Continued prayers and support are greatly appreciated. We are all hoping things start to turn around for this little fighter!!!

Re: Ty McDonald fighting for son's life

Posted: Fri Sep 04, 2020 8:47 am
by ilovethecats
MTCowpoke22 wrote:
Fri Sep 04, 2020 8:28 am
Lyam arrived in Gainsville yesterday. They were hoping to move him Monday, but weren't able to secure an echmo circuit until yesterday. Lyam made the flight in great shape with the flight team. Jyll was able to line up commercial flights and made it before Lyam, and I believe Ty is on the road between Denver and Florida today. Continued prayers and support are greatly appreciated. We are all hoping things start to turn around for this little fighter!!!
Thanks for this update. Prayers to the family.

Re: Ty McDonald fighting for son's life

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:07 am
by MTCowpoke22
Update: Things were going ok for Lyam until yesterday. His new doctors have been trying to do some different things and have been amazed at how he's been handling it. Originally, they were pleasantly surprised with how well he was doing upon arrival. They expected him to be in much worse shape. However, yesterday his arterial ECMO cannula slipped out of place. This made him very unstable (basically the ECMO has been keeping him alive), and they had to intubate and paralyze him immediately. He went in for emergency surgery. This included reopening his chest and putting him on bypass. It's very dangerous to do so as the med's he's on have thinned his blood to the point that any bleeding can be extremely detrimental. The doctor's were able to fix the ECMO cannulas. Sounds like they actually were planning on switching over to a different cannula type next week, but ended up doing it yesterday. He made it out of surgery, but was still bleeding a little and retained a lot of fluid. The immediate plan now is to drain off the excess fluid, rehab his lungs from all the fluid and transfusions, and control the bleeding. Things are still touch and go as he recovers. Doesn't sound like this was necessarily a step back, but may delay some of the other procedures planned as he'll have to recover from yesterday's surgery before they can move on to any other procedures. His doctor is amazed at how tough Lyam is! Ty and Jyll continue to thank everyone for all their support and prayers.

Re: Ty McDonald fighting for son's life

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:22 am
by ilovethecats
MTCowpoke22 wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:07 am
Update: Things were going ok for Lyam until yesterday. His new doctors have been trying to do some different things and have been amazed at how he's been handling it. Originally, they were pleasantly surprised with how well he was doing upon arrival. They expected him to be in much worse shape. However, yesterday his arterial ECMO cannula slipped out of place. This made him very unstable (basically the ECMO has been keeping him alive), and they had to intubate and paralyze him immediately. He went in for emergency surgery. This included reopening his chest and putting him on bypass. It's very dangerous to do so as the med's he's on have thinned his blood to the point that any bleeding can be extremely detrimental. The doctor's were able to fix the ECMO cannulas. Sounds like they actually were planning on switching over to a different cannula type next week, but ended up doing it yesterday. He made it out of surgery, but was still bleeding a little and retained a lot of fluid. The immediate plan now is to drain off the excess fluid, rehab his lungs from all the fluid and transfusions, and control the bleeding. Things are still touch and go as he recovers. Doesn't sound like this was necessarily a step back, but may delay some of the other procedures planned as he'll have to recover from yesterday's surgery before they can move on to any other procedures. His doctor is amazed at how tough Lyam is! Ty and Jyll continue to thank everyone for all their support and prayers.
Wow. Heartbreaking but I really appreciate the updates. Hope the little guy just keeps fighting!