Thursday, June 21, 2007

Thursday's Surgery Report

Matt's surgery went very well this afternoon. There continues to be no signs of infection and his arm looks good. The doctors were able to close his right leg today! The left leg remains open and they are hoping to take him back into surgery on Saturday. As of today, there is not enough skin to close this left leg, so they are planning to attempt a procedure on Saturday to reduce the size of the muscle mass enough to close it with the available skin. If there is still not enough skin, they will take some from his thigh. They are also hopeful that this procedure of reducing the muscle mass would make fitting a prosthesis easier in the future. Thank you for continuing to pray for this hero.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for keeping us posted; been thinking about Matt all day...

Anonymous said...

It was nice to hear Matt has done well with each surgery that is being done. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers everyday. I wish more could be done for Matt but right now it is all in God's hands as he guides these skilled doctors.

Mary D.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful news! Thanks for the update!
Ann M.

marta said...

Way to go, Matt! You just keep amazing those doctors and therapists! Thanks to all of you for the frequent updates too.

Anonymous said...

May the Holy Spirit continue to watch over you and your family. Praise God that the surgery went well. Continue to heal.

Robert said...

That is wonderful news. Thanks so much for all the updates. Matt we are parying for you every day, stay strong. We Love You!!


Anonymous said...

Glad to hear things are going well. You are a true American hero and we are so proud of you. Looking forward to bringing you home to Kansas City. We love you and are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
Your Cousin-
Travis, Megan and Canon Smothers

Anonymous said...

Praying for Matt. God be with you all.

Lori VM said...

Thank you for sharing Matt's journey. My heart goes out to Matt as well as his family and friends. I will uplift him in prayer each time I pray for my son, Cory, who serves with Combat Co/1-28 in Baghdad (also Big Red One!). Words cannot express the appreciation I have for Matt and the sacrifices he has made. What an inspiration he is!

Anonymous said...

Dear Matt and family,

Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Though you don't know us, we feel very connected to you and are so immensely grateful for all you have given!

My sister Teresa Thummel is a parishioner at Holy Trinity and sent word of your need for prayers. We were once members of Holy Trinity Parish in Lenexa and have many fond memories of a vital and caring community. We now live in San Antonio and are members of Holy Trinity Parish here another very vital and caring, it seems only fitting that we should extend our care and commitment to you and your family.

We will continue to pray for you and want you to know that if you ever need a helping hand from someone "local" please call on us.

God bless,

Pam & Tom Hughes

Anonymous said...

OUR GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD! Praying for you Matt!!

Anonymous said...

We are praying for you! I don't know you but I want you to know how appreciative I am of your heroic sacrifice.......I pray for your strength and your families strength over the next few days, months and years.
Thank you for being a part of the fight against terrorism.
Thank you,