Even though we’ve shared the odd comment here and there giving indicators of my daughter Eloise’s health issues, we’ve never really said anything ‘officially’. But as she’ll be going into hospital for heart surgery on Tuesday, we thought it’d be a good time to share more of what has been happening these last eight months—and seek your prayers and positive thoughts.
In short, we discovered on February 21st that Eloise has a hole in her heart that has led to her having an enlarged heart. It was, as you can imagine, a huge shock—especially coming so soon after we found out she has a ‘sub-mucous cleft palate’. (The two are actually associated.) The surgery to close up the hole will take place in Leeds and, thankfully, it will be able to be done via keyhole rather than open-heart surgery.
The procedure usually takes between one and two hours, will require an overnight stay in hospital, and hopefully just a one week recovery period. Once the operation has happened, there should be no long-term implications, her breathlessness when running around should stop, and she’ll have a heart that no longer has the risks of failure when she’s older.
Eloise has been a true little warrior with all the appointments and examinations she’s had to go through and we’ve been so proud of her. Sometimes as a parent though, we’ve had to just block out our own worries and fears to ensure Eloise doesn’t feel unnecessarily anxious. But the truth is it’s incredibly hard to see your child having to go through it all. You so want to take their place and go through it for them.
All told, Eloise is connected to six different hospital departments at the moment—heart, audiology, ENT, cleft palate, speech and language, and genetics—and you really do just wish it would all go away. The heart surgery is the most serious condition though and so we’re praying for a smooth and successful surgery on Tuesday and a speedy recovery.
To all our friends and families who have been supporting us and praying for us, we’ve really grateful. We couldn’t get through all of this without you!