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The surgery is done, but they tell us that it will be a while before we can see him so I thought a good use of the time would be to post the details of what Dr. Grant found while he was in there.  

He said that Owen's anatomy was really abnormal in the back of his head, more so than you would had thought from his obviously abnormal MRI.  Normally the cerebellum is centered over the spine, and normally the two sides of the cerebellum are about the same size.  Apparently everything back there was skewed and rotated, and one half of his cerebellum was much bigger than the other.  There is a piece that hangs down from each side of the cerebellum and these are called the tonsils.  Apparently the left tonsil was much larger than the right one, and it was seriously squished down into the spinal column. It was also discolored, which is a sign that it was under a fair amount of pressure. He also said that there was so much pressure there that the dura (the membrane that covers the brain) was stretched so thin it was transparent he could see through to the cerebellum. This bodes well for the surgery helping him. If he had gone in there and found that there wasn't any real pressure, which can happen, it would mean that we wouldn't be as hopeful that it would help.

Dr. Grant feels that the surgery was a success and that he was able to open everything up and relieve all the pressure. Owen will spend tonight in the PICU, but he isn't up here yet. Dr. Grant still needed to go back in and help with the finalities, and they hadn't even gotten the breathing tube out. He just wanted to come out and let us know all went well, and now they need to wrap things up before he gets brought upstairs and we get to see him.

We can't thank everyone enough for their prayers and well wishes today, we know they helped with this wonderful outcome!

 
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