Saturday, April 5, 2008

First Patient Gives Thumbs Up After Surgery

Above, nurse Clementine Sezerano and patient Celestin smile for the camera.

The first patient came out of surgery earlier today and later flashed the thumbs up sign to his nurses. 25-year-old Celestin is doing well and resting comfortably after this morning’s atrial septal defect (ASD) repair.

ASD, a hole in the septum between the heart’s two upper chambers, is a congenital heart disorder, or one that is present at the time of birth. If ASD isn’t repaired, it can ultimately lead to heart failure.

Celestin was in good hands during surgery.

“ASD repair is one of the most common congenital heart procedures,” said Jim Rawn, MD, an intensivist at BWH. “And at the Brigham, it’s the most common congenital heart procedure we do.”

King Faisal nurses Clementine Sezerano and Etienne Nsereko and Team Heart’s ICU nurses are caring for Celestin this evening.

Above from left, nurses Etienne Nsereko, Kevin McWha, Clementine Sezerano and Sue Hall care for Celestin.

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Anonymous said...

all happy faces.looking as if you are all ready to go to care, cure and spread goodwill and great healthcare in rowanda. proud of you all.hoping to do that as well here in the land of vad with the great wizard of vad and all the munchkins. hoping to skip down the yellow brick road around 7p tonite.. be well, be safe. best donna ward

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Anonymous said...

Don says "Wish you were here...or maybe Wish I was there"

Anonymous said...

Oh by the way...we renamed the yellow cart..It's now "Greg's cart!"..It will be restocked by the time you get back.. Miss you..Stay safe

Anonymous said...

hey kevin, good job i see that your patient is already extubated. looks like the respiratory team is doing a great job- janet and jane

Anonymous said...

Hi Pat,
Have enjoyed the blogs. Will look forward to seeing more of them in the coming days. Good healing! M and S

Anonymous said...

Great job !!!!!!!

Melissa said...

I admire you all! Congratulations on a great start :)

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful miracle you are all making happen! I'm so proud of my friend Marie and wish you many more successful surgeries!
Love, Caren

Julie Quinn said...

Wow....that looks like fun!!! I am a nurse like my sister Marie and i am so proud and happy for all of you! What joy and hope you must bring these families after years of despair. Keep up the good work! There is a place in heaven for you all!
It is cold and raining in Boston. The Red Sox are losing 6-2 in the 6th inning vs the Blue Jays. Make sure ou convert those pts to Red Sox Fans while under anesthia!
Love,
The Quinn Family
(Marie C sister)

Anonymous said...

my darling husband i miss you so much i am so proud of you....as is your daughters lara and janet.....we love you

Egidia said...

Congratulations on your fisrt case!!!!! You guys are angels. I wish i could be there with you. I wish you all the best during this incredible journey.
EGIDIA

Anonymous said...

Hey Kevin, Brenda, and Felix!
Strong work! Looks like all the patients are doing well under all of your special care!
Sarah and Janet :)

Anonymous said...

Wonderful thing you all are doing; best health and good luck; especially my big brother nurse Kevin McWha; ps, who will get my coffee while you're away... be safe Kev, miss you... Dr. Ken

Anonymous said...

Hi Kevin, Great job! We are thinking of you. Keep up the good work! Love, Keith, Diane, Kaitlyn, Matthew and Andrew.

Anonymous said...

Well your team has hit the ground running! We are all so proud of how well the surgeries are progressing. Do you guys and gals get any sleep!!!???? You are all so blessed to be chosen to help this community. Our prayers are with you and be strong as you make it through each day.
All the best. We will keep up with your daily activities so make sure you post!
Love Candace, Dro , Greg Gregorian

Anonymous said...

Kevin what a million dollar smile!!
-erin ( sues student )

Anonymous said...

Hi Kevin:

We are enjoying looking at the pages and learning about what you are doing. We are proud of all the wonderful care you are providing the people.

Love, Auntie Norma and Maryanne xo