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Preston Randal Updates
photo credit:  Kristy Owens of Owens' Originals Photography

After several months of praying, we found out I was pregnant on May 1, 2010. Excited would be an understatment. We couldn't wait to meet this guy (and yes, I had a gut feeling it was a boy from day one).
how we told our families
On July 22, 2010 we found out that we were indeed expecting a little boy and that his heart was broken. Devastated would be an understatement. The rest of my pregnancy would prove to be a rough roller coaster ride. In the end it was all completely worth it when Preston was born on 01.04.11 and then underwent open heart surgery at 48 hours of life to fix his heart. Here's more about Preston's heart condition.

Preston, also known around here as Sweet P or Mr. P, has a congenital heart condition where a tunnel, an aortico-left ventricular tunnel, allows blood to flow back into his heart, specifically the left ventricle, instead of flowing out to the rest of his body. The defect was repaired with open heart surgery on 01.06.11 when Preston was just barely 48 hours old. The surgery was a huge success. This was the first time the surgeons at Texas Children's Hospital have fixed this type of defect. Preston was released from the hospital just one day shy of his two week birthday.

the surgeon's recap of the surgery. it hung on his crib post-op.  it's now in his baby book.
Preston is thriving and full of life.  Our follow-up cardiology appointments have gone very well so far.  His echocardiograms show normal heart function, and the cardiologist even said she thinks the open heart surgery may have been curative and that Preston may be cured.  Only time will tell, but I will remain diligent in prayer that this proves to be the case as I know that my God is able to do more than we could ever ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).

We can not praise Him enough for answered prayers and this precious life. We know that all things work together for good to those who love the Lord (Romans 8:28). We were blessed to have some of the best physicians and medical staff at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston helping us fix Preston's broken heart. I like to say that I believed in the power of prayer before the birth of Preston, but I now live a testimony that proves there certainly is power in prayer.

We are specifically praying for 1) stability and continued improvement of Preston's heart function  2) knowledge and wisdom for the medical teams and physicians and 3) a good quality of life with a happy and healthy childhood for our little man.

Thank you for your prayers for Preston.

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