A Big Thank You to The Surgeons, Doctors and Nurses at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children for giving Amelia a new happy and healthy life.
Amelia Lee had her open heart surgery in the afternoon of 23 May 2006. She was 6 months old. Her surgery took about 8 hours. Amelia Lee was taken to Intensive Care Unit straight from the operating theatre.
Day 1 - 4
Amelia was being given morphine to take the pain off her. She was sedated for 4 days. We followed up on her recovery status purely looking at the machines that collect her heart rates and saturation and listened to the doctors and nurses explanation.
The nurse removed the dressing on Amelia’s chest. Amelia opened her eyes.
The breathing machine was removed and Amelia starts breathing at her own.
Day 7 - 8
Amelia can suck her dummy.
Day 9 - 11
We allowed to cuddle Amelia and she was sent to LadyBird Ward, a less intensive recovery ward. Amelia was also addicted to morphine. She was very irritable and screaming most of the times. Doctors and nurses were very good at winning her off the drug. It took less than a week. Dosage was reduced gradually each day till zero.
Amelia was discharged from Hospital and she had her first proper dinner – bread.
After discharged from Hospital
Amelia was being looked after at home for 6 months then back to full time day care nursery from 1 January 2007.
Amelia has no more blue baby symptoms and she can eat solid foods. Unlike before the surgery, she has difficulty to keep food down. She talks and makes new friends at school and also does physical exercises, just like any other kids.