The first thing that Dr. AK said was, "I opened up her chest and just starred." "I couldn't believe what her heart was doing." "It wasn't even beating!" Her little heart was simply rocking from back and forth. The blood inside of her heart was sloshing around. He couldn't believe she didn't have any other cardiac issues. The human body is amazing as it automatically molds and adapts to try and correct what isn't working. Dr. AK explained that when an major organ, such as a heart, is in distress, other organs will compensate in order to save it. That is exactly what her little body was doing.
Her old heart was 4x the size it should have been; the same size of a 14 year old's heart. It was about the same size as my fist. (your heart is about the size as your own fist..) There wasn't any room in her tiny body for such a large organ. Her left lung was completely collapsed as her heart was squishing it and all of her organs had been pushed to the side. Because her heart wasn't beating correctly, within a couple days Maddie became lethargic, throwing up, no appetite, pale and sort of a dusk color.
Madison's new heart is the size of a walnut. Dr. AK said that it was the perfect size for such a sweet girl. In looking at the pictures below; looking down at her heart, it should be about the same size as his watch.
(I didn't realize these pictures are hard to see. We are meeting with the pathologist in a couple days. I plan on taking more detailed pics at that time..)
The white lining on the inside of her heart is the diseased part (her Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy) Also, the lining of her heart was rough. It should have been smooth and clean.