Journey to China

This blog documents the Spitlers' progress towards the adoption of Xia Ping He (Noah Spitler) from the PR China. It also documents Noah's medical process in pursuit of a total repair to his CHD (congenital heart defect).

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Surgery Day. Game On.

The long-awaited day for Noah's heart repair is here.

After a brief phone call to his sisters this morning, Noah's vitals were checked and he changed into his "hospital pajamas." The "sleepy juice" arrived around 7:30am PDT (in the middle of a card game) and he drank it right down. In no time, his game skills diminished and he started acting goofy. Dr. Hammer (his anesthesiologist) smiled a knowing smile and said, "Okay, we'd like to take you with us, Noah - you'll see your parents in a few minutes." Not exactly in my right mind, I asked, "Oh, will we see him again?!" to which the doctor replied, "No - for HIM it will only be a few minutes - not you!" I gave him a fist-bump and high-five; Robin gave him a kiss; and off he went with a goofy smile on his face.

We are now waiting to meet with Dr. Hanley, the surgeon who will repair Noah's heart. Many of you know we are truly blessed and humbled to have Dr. Hanley for Noah's procedure. He is regarded world-wide as the best for what Noah needs - TOF, PA, VSD with MAPCAs. No time now to redefine all of those acronyms; I'll direct you to Google.

Thank you for all your prayers; for Noah, the medical team, the Statesboro Spitlers and our family. It looks to be a very long day. We've been told to expect updates every 4 hours, and a procedure that might extend through midnight EDT (for many of you). We'll update you as we get news.

in Christ your friends,

Adam (& Robin)


Blogger Brandi said...


July 13, 2011 at 1:03 PM  
Blogger Brandee said...

prayers from Texas........

July 13, 2011 at 1:21 PM  
Blogger The Good Doctor's Wife said...

We love you guys.

July 13, 2011 at 1:22 PM  
Blogger Waiting for Emily said...

I got your blog from my dear friend Brandi. I recently adopted from China as well. I have and will continue to pray for sweet Noah as well as all of the doctors and nurses that will be helping him as well as your family that you have left behind. Just know you are all being lifted up!!

July 13, 2011 at 2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Adam and Robin...The feelings are all coming back to me. Although Siena's surgery was only 4hours. I pray that each phone call from the OR will bring better and better news. Adele

July 13, 2011 at 4:00 PM  

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