“The doctors came down with big smiles on their faces,” she said.
Valerie said Rachel received a call from someone at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt at 9 a.m., Tuesday, telling her a donor had been found and to be at the hospital by noon.
Michayla began getting ready for the operation by 4 and was taken to surgery at 4:20 p.m. The operation began at 5.
The doctors said there were no complications and the transplant procedure was “perfect,” Valerie said. She added that before Michayla was sewn up, doctors said the liver had already started to work on its own.
Michayla was taken to recovery. By 11 Tuesday night, Valerie said, she was awake and alert and could respond by shaking her head.
All of her drainage tubes and breathing tube have also been removed. “She’s a trooper,” Valerie said.
Doctors and nurses are keeping her comfortable as she continues to recover from her surgery. She is in the critical care unit at Children’s Hospital.
Valerie said doctors said the first 48 hours are usually and up-and-down period for patients as their systems’ stabilize, but so far she Michayla is doing well. She is expected to be in the hospital three to four weeks.
“It was amazing yesterday,” Valerie said, noting everyone had been wondering how they would react when the operation finally happened.
She said family members were excited and happy that everything had gone so well.“It was a gift, a blessing,” she added.
Valerie said there will be a Family Fun Day and Benefit Concert that will be held at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center (Wilson County Fairgrounds) in Lebanon beginning at 4 p.m., Saturday, July 26. The day will provide fun for children and families and will help Michayla’s family with medical expenses.
Also, Crave Coffeehouse and Café will have an Open Mic Night with proceeds also going to help with medical expenses incurred. The event will begin at 6 p.m., Saturday, June 28 and will be held outside, weather permitting.
Crave is located behind McDonald’s and Verizon Wireless on West Main Street in Lebanon. For information about Open Mic Night, call 466-5005.