For those who didn't know, Winston was born with a birth defect called an Omphalocele. He had a hole in is tummy and part of his intestines and liver were in a sack outside of his body. He had surgery to put everything back inside and repair the hole when he was three days old and a followup one when he was about 5 weeks old. He had to spend 10 weeks in the hospital before we were finally able to bring him home.
He's been growing and doing very well in the last 2 1/2 years, but his stomach muscles were so weak from his birth defect that over time they've again pulled apart. He has limited core muscle strength and it took him longer than ususall to learn to crawl and walk. He's compensated well but still struggles with balance and can't climb or run as well as other kids his age. We've known that he would have to undergo an additional surgery for about two years but needed to wait until he was bigger and stronger. His doctors feel that he is ready and that now would be a good time for the surgery so Winston will be going in on Wednesday for abdominal repair surgery. I Hope this will be his last surgery and that there won't be any limitations on his future activities because of his weak stomach muscles. I'm so grateful we have a resource like Primary Children's Medical Center so close to home. The doctors and nurses there are amazing and have taken such wonderful care of Winston. Please keep him in your prayers throughout this next (and hopefully last) ordeal. I'll post updates as he progresses.
Ralphie cookies from ‘A Christmas Story’
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