Happy Birthday, Shunt!


One year ago today, Donovan was in the OR having his second brain surgery in one week.

After one week in the PICU, he was discharged with everyone still uncertain as to whether or not his ETV (endoscopic third ventriculostomy) had worked. Less than 24 hours later, we were back in the ER. He couldn’t keep any formula down, and his fontanel was bulging. It was pretty obvious the boy needed a shunt placed.

We were terrified at the prospect of him having a shunt, even though 90% of kids with Spina Bifida do need one. But, it really was not a big deal. See! This is him the day the shunt was placed:

Shunts can get infected, and malfunction. It’s pretty common, but it usually happens in the first year. Today, is Donovan’s shunt’s birthday. To celebrate, we named him Hector.

So, Hector, I wish you a happy birthday. And even though I wish you weren’t a necessity in Donovan’s life, I’m very appreciative of everything you do. I know that without you, my son would probably not be alive today. Thank you, and keep up the good work.


One Comment Add yours

  1. Karen says:

    Happy Birthday Hector! Do keep up the good work. LOVE THIS!!

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