Sunday, April 4, 2010

Update #1

We said our goodbyes to Mason at 7:30 am. Wiping away our tears, we kissed him and hugged him right outside the OR room as he dozed off to sleep from some sleepy meds.



We met Mason's surgeon, Dr. Olaf Reinhartz, and he reassured us that they would take good care of Mason. He feels this new heart is very strong and healthy and perfect for Mason.


At 8am the procurement transplant team landed with Mason's heart in San Jose (20 min. from Palo Alto.


They are preparing Mason with his IV's, central line, and anesthesia right now.


We will update as we have info.


What a beautiful Easter Sunday! Loves to all!

27 comments:

Cardalls said...

What an incredible Easter miracle! I linked over from Paul's facebook status...we are praying for your family, for Mason and for the doctors to be guided in the surgery! Tears are streaming down my face for you and for that donor family who gave the ultimate gift!

Cassie and Chad said...

Oh Summer I am so happy, crying tears of joy for your family. What a blessing from Heavenly Father that Mark and the kids could be there with you, together!!! Bless little Mason's new Heart! CONGRATULAIONS!!!

Jeff said...

Summer and Mark--I woke up to a text from Aaron Brown that Mason was getting a new heart today. How quickly that text brought my life back into perspective. It truly is a miracle how these little kids' live do that to us. Although we have very little understanding of the depth of the roller-coast ride that has been your journey so far with Mason, Lisa and I had a glimpse of what these very hours are like. Your post has brought it all back, and I can barely restrain the emotions. The CVICU, the family waiting room, strangers who open their hearts and home to you, the hundreds who are praying for you, a Palo Alto reunion with the "big kids," LPCH and its amazing staff, and priesthood blessings--that's all the stuff of miracles. That's the stuff that makes my heart really tender right now.

I can't help but feel tender thoughts for the family of the little one who donated that heart. They are in our prayers today as well.

What are a perfect day for this surgery, and how blessed we are for literal resurrection of Christ. A new heart on the day that symbolizes life! Perfect. Love, Jeff Reeves

The mom of 4 monkeys! said...

Still praying!!!

Mindi D said...

What a wonderful Easter for your family :) You will be in our thoughts all day today. Thank you for your example.
Mindi
Libbi's mama

Emily@Little Forever Family said...

I am crying! This is the news we have waited for so long!!! We love you guys and are so excited and will be praying for you guys!!!

Andrea Gunnell said...

What an amazing and perfect Easter gift! We will pray that all goes well for you and your family today!

Kaidence's Mommy said...

MANY, MANY prayers for you!!!!!

Kyle and Alli said...

I am in TEARS!!! Our hearts join with yours in prayer today for Mason. We are listening to conference and checking in all of the time in hopes for more news! What an absolute miracle, especially that you can all be together as a family to lean on each other for support today. A testimony to me that Jesus Christ was risen from the tomb so that we could all be resurrected and live together again. I pray that this sweet donor family will have peace with that understanding on this miraculous Easter Sunday. We love you guys!!

Lacey said...

What an Easter miracle! So excited for you. Praying the surgery goes smoothly, and also praying for the family that faced incredible loss in your miracle.

Bob Woods said...

How fitting that on the day that we celebrate the atoning sacrifice of our Savior, which offers eternal life to all mankind, that Mason will receive the gift of life himself.

Please know that our entire family is praying for you and exercising their faith on your behalf. One prayer has now been answered, and many, many more will be rendered for our little buddy and for your family.

We are celebrating Easter with my parents (who flew in from Texas) and grandparents and siblings. It has now been almost 4 months since my dad's transplant and this Easter is truly for us a celebration of the Lord's tender mercies and gratitude for new beginnings in life.

The Blairs said...

I've followed your blog for awhile, never commented though. Just woke up to this wonderful news! Our family will be praying for Mason and your family. What a great miracle!

Robin said...

I am so happy for you - when I read the news on Paul Cardall's blog I got goose bumps and my heart was filled with joy for you and your family. I will be praying for Mason today! HAPPY EASTER!!!

Readfamily said...

Happy Easter to all of you and may the lord guide the skilled hand of those who work on your "Miracle Mason" We love you and pray with all of those who pray for you.

Deana said...

What a beautiful Easter day! My prayers and thoughts will be with you throughout the day and with the family who donated the ultimate Easter gift.

Love and prayers,

Libbis Grammy

Pamela Wiscombe said...

I linked over through Jason Mitchell's facebook page. What an amazing Easter present. We wish you and your family alot of love and comfort on this day. Mason is a lucky little guy, and we pray the surgery goes quick and all is well. Thanks for such an amzing Easter miracle.

Kendall & Cynthia said...

Cynthia and I are fighting back the tears to read of this long anticipated news. Certainly the Lord's hand is present in your lives. It's not merely by circumstance that Mark and the kids are there in CA as the gift of a heart comes on Easter morning.

We continue to pray for your entire family.

Dianne said...

I have been following your blog (have never commented). I was so excited to see the news of a new heart! I am so happy for Mason and your family. My prayers will continue to be with Mason and your family this Easter day.

♥Stef said...

Yea for Mason! Wow, what a miracle. Easter Sunday! Your family is there! There couldn't be a better situation. You can be assured that Mason is in God's hands today. You can already see it....
Our prayers are with you! Can't wait to hear how things go!!!

Michelle said...

Summer... I just barely checked Mason's blog. My heart is full and I'm bawling as I comment. I know how you feel. This is wonderful news! I will keep Mason and all of you in our prayers. Good luck. You can do this! We love you!

Keri said...

Oh Sum.
My kids think I am wiping tears from listening to Elder Cook's conference talk, but I am filled with emotion from the news: happiness and relief for you and baby Mason, and trying to comprehend the loss of the family who gave the ulitmate Easter sacrifice. My heart is full today.
Sum, you have been through so much, and I am in awe that the Lord has answered your prayers, and those of so many who follow Mason's story.
I was on-line quickly getting a recipe for later today, and now it seems so unimportant. Instead of ham and candy eggs, may your Easter be filled with the Saviour's love, the protection of angels, peace and reassurance, and a true Miracle for sweet Mason.
You are in my every thought and prayer. I
I love you Summer girl.
xxx

Brent said...

Mark & Summer, what a wonderful Tender Mercy the Lord has given your family on this Easter Sunday. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and remember regardless of the turnout "Sunday Will Come" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlc5RvmWN4s

Brent & Joyce

Connie and Gary said...

With a prayer in our hearts for Mason and his family on this wonderful Easter. May the Lord hold you close today.
Gracie Gledhill's Grandma and Grandpa

Edge said...

Our granddaughter was also treated at Stanford Childrens Hospital. They are absolutely wonderful there. The Lord is with you and the surgeons, GOD BLESS YOU!!

Lisa Marie Trent said...

We spent last Easter in the PICU, so we can relate. I am SO THRILLED that you have reached this day and can move forward. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Jack said to tell Mason to "be brave."

Carol said...

I am so excited for you! We are friends of Kaidence and Shauntelle's. I can't imagine a better day for a new begining. We will be praying for Mason, for your family and your donor family. Yeah for Miracles!

Derick said...

We have been praying (and crying) for you all day. We are so thrilled by this amazing miracle! Your faith has been so inspiring along this journey. It feels so right that Mason is getting his special new heart on Easter, when you are all together. What a beautiful tender mercy. We will keep praying for you.

Love,
Julia Woolf