I was holding Ella while Erik was sitting next to me when the cardiologist called the nurse's phone to speak with us. Erik put the phone close to both of our ears so we could hear what he had to say. The cardiologist said that her left ventricle has shown major improvement and that he was very happy, surprised, and pleased with her echogram yesterday. Let us explain why he was so pleased... One of the key things they have been measuring is what they call the "ejection fraction". This is the percentage of blood contained within the ventricle that gets pumped out toward the body with every contraction. Ella's ejection fraction was somewhere between 5%-10% when she was born (it's more of an estimate than an exact number). To put that into perspective, a healthy number for any baby or adult is around 60%. That's why they told us that Ella's heart was about as sick as it can get without completely failing. Her last echogram a few days earlier showed an ejection fraction of 15% to maybe 20%, which was cause for great joy because she actually showed some improvement in the function of her heart. But this time the cardiologist said it is now up to around 50%... What!?!?!
We were both in tears as the cardiologist continued to talk. Our baby girl's heart was showing this much improvement? He said 50% as in five-oh, right? Like it tripled its production? And this was right after another scary night in which she had a fever of over 101, blood pressure dropped too low & kidney/urine numbers looked concerning... I can't believe this is happening when, from the medical side of things, the longer it takes for a heart to show improvement, the less likely it is that the heart will improve. Our God is loving and moving. He is so alive and Ella is LIVING proof of it.
Our friends, family, and nurses continue to support us. We are so blown away daily by the encouragement and willingness to help. We truly feel God's hand and love in all of this through all of you. Thank you.