August 2011 – Unsuccessful Bile Duct Fix


Today was another attempt at opening Sophie’s blocked bile duct that’s affecting half of her liver. The surgical team came up with a plan to slowly come at the obstructive scar tissue by inserting tubes/needles into both sides of her abdominal area. The hope was that they could meet in the middle piercing the tissue to create a new opening (new bile duct). However as they proceeded Sophie’s new liver presented a road block. The path needed to make this connection had a vein running through it. They attempted several times to go around the vein and still make the connection but it was becoming too risky. In the process, they nicked the vein and had to call it quits. She was released to the PICU to monitor her blood count as the nicked vein heals. We’ll see what happens overnight. If blood work looks good then she’ll be released tomorrow. But if she loses blood she’ll need a transfusion and more monitoring until the vein can heal.

The team is feeling a sense of defeat as each attempt has thrown them a curve ball. With each failed procedure we are growing one more step closer to more invasive surgery involving reopening Sophie’s belly and cutting into part of her new liver. No one wants to do this, which is why we keep trying these more safe routes. At this point it will take some time for the team to take a breather, reassess, and figure out what’s next.

Thanks for your continued prayers and encouragement.


~ by Jenny Bagwill on August 23, 2011.

11 Responses to “August 2011 – Unsuccessful Bile Duct Fix”

  1. My prayers are with lil’Sophie and with you and your husband. My heart goes out to you as you go through all this. When your child hurts your heart hurts. Just remember that God is in control.
    Love to you all.

    • Thank you so much. It’s always great to have moments when God shows us that He’s still with us. It’s a continued reminder, as you said, that He is in control especially when it seems like things are out of control. We appreciate the encouragement and prayers!

  2. We are praying God leads the team to a safe route not involving surgery! I hope Sophie can heal quick & get back home! Praying God’s Peace for everyone involved – Lee

  3. Not sure why God closed that door, but praying that his light will shine on you and the Drs. Hugs and blessings to you all. Love, A Peg

  4. Jenny and Bryce,
    We always read about Lil Sophie, and have talked to your mom,on occasion. Know that you have friend’s , near and far ,always praying for the healing for that sweet,precious, child of yours. May God embrace you all,and give the drs. the strength they need to fix her bile duct problem.
    An Old Friend’s (Melanie D.) Mom,(Sherri D.)

    • Hiya Mel and Sherri!!
      It’s great hearing from you, and especially encouraging to know you and so many others are praying for us. We’re not sure where all this is going, but we just continue to follow His path the best we can. Thank you for thinking and praying for all of us.

  5. Hang in there, Sophie. Between mom, dad, and the doctors, they will come up with the right plan for you.

  6. […] this attempt involved tubes coming into her body from both sides of her abdomen she’s having a little […]

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