Pray for Katie

Katie is 13 years old and was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease, a lymphatic cancer. This site is a request to pray for her. Call her prayer pager 1-361-333-KATY (5289), enter your ZipCode and # key, to let her know you have prayed for her. Updates of her progress will be posted on the site. The Power of Prayer is Awesome.

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Another Invasive Biopsy

Katie is at M.D. Anderson early in the morning being prepared for a new invasive surgery. Surgery began about 8:30 am and lasted till about 2 pm. The plan was to make a small incision between the ribs on the left side of the upper chest and sample the tumor using a small biopsy prob fitted with a camera. Things apparently didn't go well and they ended up making a total of 3 holes between the ribs on the back. Finally the doctor makes a 5 inch incision between those same 2 ribs, collapses her left lung and reaches her hand in to feel for the area of tumor desired. The doctor removed over 90% of the thymus gland and sends it to the lab for a quick analysis.

The sample was frozen and sliced and looked at under a microscope. There was no cancer found. The entire sample will be sectioned and analysed in the next five days. We were allowed to see Katie after she woke up in the intensive care section of the hospital. Katie was burning up with fever and had ice packs on her head. She was in excruciating pain. What should have been a simple and almost painless procedure of taking a small sample with the camera probe turned into a disaster. Removing the thymus was not called for or discussed in the procedure. This was a major surgery and it turned into a disaster. Michele remained by her side in intensive care. Katie was very disappointed and broken-hearted that CPS would not allow Edward (dad) to stay in the room.