It's now 3:00 am, Thursday morning. Eric was moved from the operation floor to the ICU around 2:00 am. The surgeon said that the surgery went well and there were no complications. They wheeled him past us, and I could not bring myself to take a picture. Eric was still unconscious with a breathing tube down his throat. Not an image worthy of sharing.
The surgery lasted a total of about 5 hours. Tony shared with us that they were doing 4 liver transplants tonight and 8 kidney transplants. Eric of course was the last one to be brought to ICU. One of the surgeons inquired on if we wanted to see the liver they removed from Eric. I told him yes. We went down the surgery floor and the surgeon brought a large bowl with a huge roast. Really, Eric's liver was huge. The doctor said his liver was twice the size of a normal liver. This size was due to the Hep C and the cancer. The average liver weighs around 3 pounds Eric's was all of 6 pounds. The size had to be what made up most of his belly.
Tony and his friend Ben stayed with Tiffany an I at the hospital while we waited for Eric to come out of surgery. Tony has made this a fantastic experience. He has succeeded in minimizing our stress and anxiety.
Tomorrow, Tony is going to pick us up at 11:00 am, and take us over to the hospital. He has arranged for us to see Eric. So I am going to try and get some sleep. It has been a very long day, emotionally draining.