I don't have to tell you how concerned we are right now. It is so hard to be away from his bedside, but the doctors really believe it's in our best interest to get some rest, for our sake--for his sake. We know you are all with us, and we have received so many beautiful emails and blog posts. Thank you so much. They keep us going, and remind us that we must keep the faith, even during this most difficult of times. They have also required us to have lots of Kleenex on hand.
When we left the hospital this evening, Daniel was stable. His heart is working, and the ECMO machine is doing the heavy lifting to give his heart a rest. The good news we have to hang onto: his body is producing urine, which it wasn't producing much last night. Though his heart is beating slowly, it is indeed beating. His oxygen level is stable. He is a fighter. The anesthesiologists, who have come to love Daniel dearly, gave us reassurance that he was even fighting under sedation and he moved all of his limbs, which is good.
The next steps: they will continue to allow his heart to get stronger, while he remains on the ECMO machine. They will work on building up his lung capacity again, and we can only take things day by day. The surgeon was "cautiously optimistic".
We can't thank you enough for your love and support. Please continue spreading the word to all of your prayer chains. We are so blessed to have so many people who care about Daniel.
We will update in the morning.