Ty is out of surgery and doing well. He remains intubated until tomorrow, but his doctors feel that his vitals and repiratory signs are very strong, so we expect him to be extubated after an MRI tomorrow. We were prepared for him to be intubated for a much longer period of time, so this is really terrific news.
The surgeons were able to debulk and resect tumor without any damage to Ty's cranial nerves or his brainstem - which were the biggests risks associated with this surgical approach. THANK GOD! They also feel they were able to remove up to 90% of the existing tumor, which is pretty amazing. The only downside is that the tumor was right up against his brainstem and "sticking" to it, so it was too risky to scrape away at the disease in that area. Not sure what that will mean as far as whether or not radiation is an option as a next step or if we need to consider additonal chemotherapy to see if we can get some sort of a margin between the tumor and brainstem (and if that is even a possibility). Lots of unknowns, but we are taking this day by day and today we are very relieved. Our little fighter is amazing. He is in and out of conciousness right now, and he looks us in the eyes nodding when we tell him how much we love him.
We look forward to updating you more following a number of post-op imaging and conversations with his various doctors. Thanks so much for your prayers and keep 'em coming :)