Three-year-old Randy Weeks was recovering Thursday in the intensive care unit at the Cleveland Clinic following a 10 1/2 hour heart surgery, his mother, Charlotte Matter, said from the Ronald McDonald House on the clinic’s campus.
The toddler underwent the third of three necessary operations to treat Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, a disease Randy was diagnosed with shortly after birth. Matter said the surgery went a little longer than expected because doctors found an extra tear inside his hear they had to fix.
Matter and her six-year-old son Shane tried to keep busy during the extended surgery.
“We had breakfast, lunch and dinner there,” said Matter, “We got (Randy) a little toy for when he wakes up.”
Randy already opened his eyes to his mother and brother while recovering in the ICU, but only for a short time because he is sedated and intubated.
Randy will be in ICU for three days, then moved to a hospital room for another two weeks of recovery. His mother plans to stay with him as soon as he is moved to the new room.
Matter said the doctors are already planning the three-year-old’s road to recovery.
“The best thing for Randy is the faster he can get up and run around, the better,” she said. “Giggling and laughing is perfect for him.”