Rebel's surgery went very well.
"A perfect surgery," said one of her surgeons.
All in all they were nearly done by about 7 AM after being in the operating room since 1AM. The VAD and ICD( pacemaker /defibrillator) were removed first of all before Rebel was put on the heart/lung machines and the heart surgery could begin.
There also had to be extra precautions because of the MRSA virus.
Given she has been on blood thinners there is the possibility of bleeding and that is all being carefully managed.
Rebel is now back in the intensive care and recovery rooms. They expect to take her off the breathing tube later today or tomorrow, and they say she has been very responsive.
The new heart is doing very well.
Thank you everyone for your kind words of encouragement. It certainly makes us all linked .....again, please send prayers to the family who is mourning the loss of their young 18 year old son.....