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Shadd doing well after surgery

Thursday, October 12, 2006

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North Clay Middle School 8th grader Shadd Revalee enjoyed the warm weather at Harmony Park with lots of friends and family members on Sunday, before entering the hospital for heart surgery on Tuesday.

Shadd is sitting on top in the brown shirt with yellow letters. The group was too excited to stand still long enough to give their names, there was a game of basketball starting.

By IVY HERRON

missivy1964@yahoo.com

North Clay Middle School 7th-grader Shadd Revalee came through the surgery to repair his heart valve at Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis with flying colors, according to his mother, Karen Altemier

"Shadd is doing excellent. He was in surgery Tuesday for about six hours," Karen said. "The doctors say he looks extremely well and from all of the test results we couldn't ask for him to be any better."

Shadd was taken out of intensive care Wednesday and put into a private room in the Heart Center the hospital under the care of doctors that have known him since birth.

The family received an unexpected request from surgeon John W. Brown and cardiologist Donald Girod who recommended Shadd take part in a study for a biological prosthesis valve. The new prosthesis is being successfully used to create a valve or repair abnormal connections between the heart pumping chambers and the pulmonary arteries that take blood from the heart to the lungs. Their familiarity with Shadd's medical history and the family is the reason the family decided to let Shadd be a part of the study.

"For the past 12 years they have given him to me. I totally trust them," Karen said.

Shadd is very alert and talking with family. but the first conversation was a hard but joyful one. Karen said the "first thing Shadd said after the surgery was, 'Is it over?' and I said 'Yes honey, it's over,' then he asked me if the breathing tube was out and I told him yes and he went back to sleep."

The family appreciates all the prayers and good wishes from the community. They look forward to bringing Shadd home in a few weeks and have agreed to keep The Brazil Times updated about his condition.

If you would like to send get well wishes to Shadd, mail cards and letters to the family's address:

Shadd Revalee

P.O. Box 312

Harmony, IN 47853



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