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This is the drawing the doctor gave us showing the problem with Beckie's heart. She is having surgery to remove the old lead and reposition the new lead so they don't interfere with the closing of the tricuspid valve.
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Beckie's Surgery is Tuesday!

Dear <<First Name>>,

Beckie will be having laser lead revision/extraction heart surgery on May 26 at Saint Vincent Hospital. It is a serious surgery with potential complications that would require emergency open heart surgery. The reason for the surgery is that her old pacemaker lead together with her new lead are interfering with the proper functioning of Beckie's tricuspid valve. If not resolved, that would eventually result in right sided heart failure.

If you would like to learn more about Beckie's surgery, the hospital has an article including the doctor, an explanation of the surgery and an animation of the procedure:

  • Removing leads can be difficult because over time they become surrounded by vascular tissue and eventually are endothelialized into the luminal surface of the large veins, portions of the tricuspid valve, and cardiac tissue. (TRANSLATION: over time the leads from Beckie's pacemaker have adhered to the vein to the heart and the heart wall. If they tried to pull the leads out without using the laser to cut them loose the heart would be damaged.)
  • Laser lead extraction now is performed with a success rate of nearly 98 percent and a major adverse event rate of only 1.4 percent, according to clinical studies. (TRANSLATION: For each lead removed there is about a 1% chance that the laser will perforate either a vein or the heart itself. If that happens, Beckie will immediately go into open heart surgery which would require months of recovery. It is possible that they will remove all 3 leads, and the pacemaker, which will be replaced with a new one).

Here are links to information on the surgeons:

Anthony Garvey, MD Scott Brancato, MD

Upcoming schedule:

  • May 24: Speaking at North Albany Baptist Church, Topic: God redeems our wounds, flaws & failures
  • May 26: Beckie has her heart surgery at Saint Vincent Hospital
  • May 31: Prayer and send off service for us at Laurelwood Baptist Church in Vancouver.
  • June 25: Our planned departure date for Taiwan

Pray for:

  • A successful lead revision surgery for Beckie on May 26 with minimal complications and a fast recovery and that she doesn't need to have an emergency full open heart surgery.
  • Beckie's mom recovering at home now but weak from the flu she caught two weeks ago while living at the rehabilitation facility.
  • God's continued provision for our financial needs.  This will be our last term (2 to 4 years) with Morrison Academy. (We are about $855/month short of being fully supported.)

Thanks for your continued prayers, support and encouragement!

Dwight and Beckie

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