Tyson Hugh Hooper

Tyson Hugh Hooper
Our son, Tyson Hugh Hooper, was born with coarctation of the aorta, hypoplastic arch, and a transitional avsd. His first open heart surgery reconstructed his aorta and was on day 9 of life. His second open heart repair was not anticipated to be needed until two or three years of age. Ty had other plans. We spent the vast majority of his first 3 months of life at Vanderbilt as he went into heart failure and was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension. As a result, the medical team concluded that he needed the repair much sooner than usually recommended, and at just shy of 3 months old Ty underwent his second life saving open heart surgery. God has already worked so many miracles in Ty's life and the life of our family and we know he is using our story. Because of this, we are grateful for Ty's special heart and feel beyond blessed that God chose us to travel this road. We ask for prayers as Ty continues to heal. We are praying for a full recovery and life without restrictions for Ty. We are praying for God to use our family and Ty for His glory.

Thank you to each and every person who supports us through prayer, giving, or just by loving on our family! We are humbled and blessed by all of the ways the Lord is providing for us and know that he is using Ty and his story to do great things!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day Smiles...

This little dude is knocking it out of the park!  He even gave us a smile - pretty good Father's day gift I'd say.  He only required pain medication once last night and once today so far.  You can tell by the pictures he is out of his groggy haze of sedation and looking much more like himself! They are working on getting him off his drips and on to oral medication.  He started continuous feeds yesterday and tolerated them, so now we are working on bolus feeds to get back to where we were.  He is doing so well, in fact, that the nurse practitioner said if we get off our drips we can probably talk about leaving the ICU and heading to the floor tomorrow!  Yippee!  I can't even express how much more smooth this recovery is going compared to last time and I am loving it every minute.