Baby Braden Petska

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Out of Surgery.....finally!

Hello everyone,
Braden just came out of surgery and we were able to see him as they wheeled him to the PICU for recovery. It was as if he had his own little parade as they wheeled him by. We will soon get to meet with the surgeon (Dr. Tweddle) to discuss how everything went today, etc. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of your prayers throughout the day. Braden is a very lucky boy to have so many people who care about him. God was definitely with him (and us) today :-) Ironically, today was Braden's due date......we look at today as his "re-birth."

Please keep Braden in your prayers as these next 48 hours are very crutial. The success of the surgery will all depend on how well he recovers in these next few days ahead. We pray our little man who is so strong and brave (having just endured over 10hrs of surgery) will get through this next week with no complications.

Love to you all. Thanks to all of you for what are doing to help us fight for Braden....the power of prayer is amazing.

Steph, Rich, and Braden


Anonymous Braden Family said...

OK- so I know I just entered a message but I cannnot help but think of you guys - AMEN! I cannot keep the tears from flowing - tears of happiness! And thank you guys for sharing with all of us your very private moments with Braden. It nice to be able to " check in " on your guys!!!

Love from the Braden's oxoxoxo

8:10 PM  
Blogger The Hall's said...

That is such great news! Thanks for keeping us updated through the day. It helped put our minds at ease with the positive updates. Prays and thoughts are still with you through the road ahead.

Chris, Justin, Dakota and Katlyn

8:12 PM  
Blogger Audrey Mazzuca said...

I don't think words can express how happy we are that Braden made it through 10 hours of surgery. Good luck with the next 48 hours. God bless you.

Love the Mazzuca Family

8:32 PM  
Blogger Jodi Ivanchenko said...

Thank you so much for updating us. I've been checking in all day to see the progress of the surgery. I'm so glad this surgery is behind him. We will continue to pray for his strength and yours. Can not wait to meet this little guy. He is so strong and brave!!!
Love, Jodi and Brian Ivanchenko

8:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Words can not express how relieved so many of us are -as well as you! He is the strongest person I know right now having endured all of this in his first week here on Earth. I know he won't be giving up anytime soon. He has so many fans to meet!!
Thank you for thinking of all of us in your time of need. It was a relief to hear news during the day.
Can't wait to actually meet him!
Love the Milewski family

9:23 PM  
Anonymous John, Missy and Tyler Nelson said...

Oh, what great news!! Thanks for keeping everyone posted. We have been thinking of you guys all day and you have been in our prayers. We are hoping for a speedy recovery for Braden. He is a strong little man and he is loved by many!! Take care and we will continue to check in on the progress.

The Nelsons

9:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are so thrilled to hear Braden is doing well and staying strong! Our prayers and thoughts are with you all, every step of the way! Please keep us in mind, if there is anything at all we can do to help you. We are here for you and will continue to support you and we'll pray for more good news! We miss you and can't wait to see you all soon. Hugs to all! Love, Gayle and your friends at JJHS

9:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We just logged on to check and see how things are going and are thrilled with the great news! Way to go Braden! Please know that we are still praying for you all and are so grateful for the updates!

Ray, Traci, Rachel and Amy

10:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been keeping tabs on your updates all day and I just wanted to say I'm so glad to hear things went well with the surgery! Good luck with the next couple days, I hope Braden's recovery goes very smoothly!

Amanda (Carla's friend)
mom to Ryen (4 yrs, HLHS)

10:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey you guys have been checking in all day and just had the opportunity to say what awesome parents you are and what a tough little guy you have in Braden. He is going to be a strong one! You have the best care, and so much in prayer going, take care of each other. We will keep the prayers going and the faith. God Bless
Alice P.

11:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you all so much. I am grateful the surgery was a success. I will keep Braden in my thoughts and prayers! God Bless!

Katie Yagle

11:29 PM  
Blogger Sankey Family said...

We are so glad everything went well with surgery. Our prayers as long as the rest of our families are with you all.

Love, Sankey Family

6:09 AM  
Blogger Cara Rybarik said...

Steph and Rich,
The day is getting closer when our lil' boys can play together. Bryce can't wait to meet his "Buddy".
I love you guys.
Buddy, I love ya lots!
Hope, love and many more prayers coming your way.
Cara, David, Grace and Bryce

6:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Petska Family,
We wish baby Braden God Speed. What great news to read this morning that the surgery went so well. It means a lot to us all that you take the time to update us. We are with you all with heart, mind and soul. Let us know when we can help your family.
God Bless.

Love from Karen Funari @ Johnsburg Jr. High

8:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thinking of you all and am in total awe of your spirit and faith.

Stacey Masters

8:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are so happy to hear that Braden did so well in surgery and you have such wonderful nurses and doctors taking care of little Braden.

Thank you for creating this blog so we can all check up on him.

May today be a good day for you all,

Mike & Lura

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Kathleen Sliter said...

Dear Steph, Rich, Braden and Family, Helen has been keeping me posted re: Braden. I am so sorry you are having to go thru such an ordeal, but, we know from experience that it will all be worth the tears and heartache when he is well and healthy. Our youngest grandaughter, Jacqueline, went thru a similar surgery right after birth. She weighed only 4lbs. 9 oz. - now she is almost two years old and doing beautifully. I have kept you all in my prayers and will continue to - Love, Kay Sliter

10:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's good to hear the great news. All of us here at the office have had you in our prayers.
Anne and everyone at Dr Stan's office

10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are breathing a sigh of relief over here. Few things are harding than sending your little one off for surgery! You are constantly in our prayers.

Casey, Erika, Evelea and Carter

7:53 PM  
Blogger Erika said...

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7:54 PM  
Anonymous The Doyle's said...

Jeremy and I have been praying for you all, and especially baby Braden. We will continue to pray, but want you to know that we are very glad that the surgery went well. I will keep checking in--this website is a great idea!

Love, Nickie and Jeremy

7:15 PM  

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