The following is an update on Luke's appointment at the Houston, Texas Shriner's Hospital for Children:
Luke has pectus excavatum (sunken chest). Many people live with this, never needing surgery. In the past year, Luke’s chest has become increasingly worse and now affects his breathing and causes pain. Dr. Dietz, the doctor that monitors his heart at the Johns Hopkins genetic clinic, referred Luke to a thoracic doctor in order to correct the pectus excavatum.
After being examined at the thoracic doctor’s office we were informed that Luke’s pectus excavatum was severe and he needed corrective surgery. We were sent home to have Luke’s CT scan, pulmonary heart function test performed and to raise the needed funds for the surgery.
We immediately began brainstorming the most effective ways to raise the funds needed for this surgery. In the meantime, I also applied to the
Instead, the procedure Luke will have performed will open him across the front, going under muscle to realign his ribs and straighten the sternum in the process. The "normal" patient with this type of surgery typically has 3 ribs realigned, but again Luke's case is "unique" and requires the realignment of approximately 5 ribs. Luke will also have approximately 2 plates to hold everything in place. His surgeon expects a successful surgery that will improve Luke's quality of life.
Luke will be scheduled for surgery in a few months and we will be sure to keep you updated on his progress.