Plea for Prayers: Baby Facing Major Neuro- and Plastic Surgery


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My ten month old grandson is a happy, quick, engaging little fellow who was born with the plates of his skull fused together prematurely. As a result, he is facing major surgery to cut the plates and reshape his head which has grown lopsided. Emmett’s surgery is on Wednesday Nov. 19 at 9am Eastern Standard Time. The surgery will take between 5-7 hours, but it could take up to 10 hours.

Details of the surgery are as follows: an incision is made from ear to ear, the skull is removed from the orbital bone to the centre of the head. After the neurosurgeon removes a piece of his skull that has fuse prematurely, a plastic surgeon will reshape the skull.  Then the surgeon will put it  back together using plates and screws which are made of a dissoluble substance. They use between 150-200 screws. There is a 50/50 chance Emmett will need a blood transfusion.

He will be in ICU for the first 24 hours, completely sedated and unconscious and then moved to a room on Thursday evening. He will be in Children’s Hospîtal of Eastern Ontario ( CHEO) for 5-7 days.

10259881_10154066152210074_3162501323140392668_nWe have been for warned that there will be significant swelling. Emmett’s eyes will most likely be swollen shut for the first few days after surgery. His arms will be bandaged to splints and immobile so he cant’ touch his face and head Recovery time is approximately 6-8 weeks and he may have to wear a helmet (this will be decided post-op)

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Here are images of what we can expect to see when we can visit on Friday and as he heals during the week

I am reaching out to all the warm hearted lovers of God who have connected with me these past two years. I humbly beg for prayers- to lift off worry and anxiety, stress and fear off the adults involved so that Emmet’ soul will be soaked in peace and the Love of God.

I  pray God fills that surgery room with the light of heaven, filling every corner with His angels and that He guides the hands of the surgeons.

I am so grateful that I am moved to tears because I know that  I can rest in the arms of your prayers

Thank you everyone 3257890399864c04d11e40f53ea7dc1a

58 thoughts on “Plea for Prayers: Baby Facing Major Neuro- and Plastic Surgery

  1. Yes, Prayers will abound for Emmett, his parents, grandparents and for all connected to him as family, friends, doctors, surgeons, nurses and caregivers—may the soothing balm of God’s Grace pour down upon you all–engulfing you, sustaining you, holding you, loving you all. . .
    julie

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  2. Rest assured that Heaven will be stormed with prayers for precious little Emmett and his entire family. Our Lord is with us the most during the most challenging crosses we bear, lovingly holding and embracing us. Place Emmett into His Most Loving Arms and rest in blind faith and trust in Him. God bless your family, Melanie Jean, and know that as your blogging family, Emmett is surrounded by much love. JMJ!

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  3. I’ll be praying for your grandson and your whole family. May our Blessed Mother cradle him in her loving arms throughout his entire surgery and recovery.

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  4. I am praying for your beautiful Emmett; and for our sweet Lord Jesus to wrap His arms around you all, filling your hearts, minds & souls with his perfect peace.
    God bless you all.

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  5. Melanie, I will offer up my morning mass for Emmett this morning and at 8am central will pray a Hail Mary, that our mother will hold Emmitt herself in her arms during the surgery. pris

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  6. Will offer the Chaplet of Mercy now and again at the 3PM hour of mercy. Sent request for prayers to friends on the Instapray app too. So sorry…praying with you that your son and his family will experience the consolation found in the Merciful Heart of our Lord. Warmly in Christ, Crystal

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  7. Emmett has been out of surgery since 5pm EST. He did really well, he did have a blood transfusion and about 200 screws put in his skull. We’ve been warned that the next 4-5 days are going to be rough and his head is going to swell a lot, most/worse swelling by Friday. Thank you for all your support and prayers.

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  8. My son is about to under go this surgery and I am at a loss , I was hoping to speak to someone who has been in these same shoes .
    God bless you and this sweet baby.

    If you have a moment please contact me.

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