The surgeon said that the surgery went more or less according to plan. It was no surprise to all of us to hear that our little warrior was strong throughout the procedure. The surgeon removed the areas that they anticipated, along with an additional section of the temporal lobe to the posterior of his brain. During surgery, the intraoperative monitoring showed a fairly large amount of abnormal spiking brain waves coming from the posterior of the left temporal lobe. After the area was removed, the abnormal spiking stopped. This is a VERY good sign, and definitely gives us hope that the surgery could be a success. He also said that the brain tissue that was removed felt very dense and rubbery, signs that show him that there was cortical dysplasia, or a malformation, present. Although we will need to wait for the pathology reports to know for sure, we were able to breathe a huge sigh of relief, as we feel like given what they found inside Will's brain, we know in our hearts that proceeding to brain surgery was the right decision.
|Brain surgery is not for the faint-hearted|
It sounds like we are in for a long night. They need to check his vitals every hour throughout the night, and they told us that we should take turns sleeping and watching over Will, so it doesn't sound like there will be much rest for the weary. In the morning, Will is going to get sedated again (for the 3rd day in a row) for another MRI. They are hopeful after that is over that we will get to move out of P-ICU and into the regular epilepsy monitoring unit.
Thank you again, everyone, for all of your thoughts, prayers and well wishes. While we may not be able to respond to every message, we have read all of them and it has helped to keep us strong throughout all of this. We are truly blessed.