I stopped by the hospital for a really brief visit a short while ago. Helen and Chris are in really great spirits and I think are very encouraged by the great reports they've received from the surgeons and hospital staff who've said Max did very well. They were able to see Max (still asleep) shortly after the procedure and his color was good and aside from all the machines and tubes and what not, he just seemed to be doing as well as the doctors and everyone had hoped for. When I was there, they were within 30 minutes or so of when they were going to wake Max up and remover the respirator and let Helen and Chris visit with him, though who knows how "awake" he will even be considering the medications that he will be on for the next while... All in all, it was encouraging to see the relief of having gotten past the biggest hurdles with no complications. We continue to pray that Max will recover quickly and completely and will not experience any setbacks or infections or anything of the like and that the result of this traumatic event will be new and refreshed life and energy.
He will be in ICU for at least another day where he will not be able to receive visitors other than his immediate family, and even then that will be restricted for the time being.
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