Dallan is going to be admitted at 8:00 AM for the surgery which will start around 10:30 or 11:00 AM. Prayers requested please.
Dallan goes in tomorrow for a CT scan of his jaw. This is to confirm once again where the tumor is and how much they need to take to get it all and leave some margin. It is also the means by which they will get the measurements for his prosthesis. That will be sent to them immediately following the surgery to start that process. It will also give them measurements for a stainless steel bar that will be inserted to hold everything in place until the prosthesis is put in. Dallan has waited for this day for a long time, but he is still apprehensive. We plan to have friends and family from church come over on Sunday night to lay hands on him and pray over him. It will also be a time for him to share his thoughts and fears.
The surgery will be on July 12th at between 11:00 AM and 12 noon. We won't know for sure until the night before. Dr. Higley said to allow 4-5 hours for the surgery. It might be shorter but he didn't want us to worry if it took that long. He said he did not think he would need to go to ICU but that was a possibility. He anticipates if all goes well 2-3 days in the hospital. From that point Dallan will be on a liquid diet. The next surgery will be approximately 90 days later.
There is lots to pray for with this procedure. Dallan, of course. His fears, pain, recovery, etc. Please pray for the Dr.'s involved and the nurses. Dr. Ryan Higley, Dr. Josh Demke, and Dr.Rob Minielly. Please pray for the CT scan and that they get ALL of the tumor. Please pray for all the staff of Covenant Hospital and the board of Covenant Foundation. Please pray for donors and donations. Please pray that God be glorified by all that happens here.
Dallan continues to heal nicely from the removal of the 5 teeth in front of his lower jaw.
We have discussed with him a lot about school … Bev is a retired school teacher after 28 years. She believes that Dallan is very intelligent and that he may have an un-diagnosed learning disability. [Dallan’s trip to the states may change his life in more ways than one! While receiving care for the tumor and infection in his jaw, he may also be able to have one-on-one tutoring to help with reading and to overcome the learning challenges he faces.] …
Dallan, is a good boy. He is worth it. We are proud to be a small part of this process. Thank you for the opportunity. Gene & Bev
Today Dallan met with Dr. Ryan Higley for the first time. Bev, Dr. Ron Smith, and myself accompanied him. Dr. Ron Smith has been a Godsend to get Dallan connected to Dr. Higley. Dr. Higley and his staff are so professional and accommodating and spent 2 1/2 hours with Dallan.
Dallan is here and slowing adjusting to life in our household. I think it was a really good idea to bring him up early. He has been very excited since he arrived and stays up late but gets up early. I think daylight savings time is having an effect on him as well. His overall health seems good right now and he is free from pain ... He is very thankful to God for all those He has placed in his life. He is excited and apprehensive at the same time about his appointment.
In early 2016, one of our partners introduced us to Dallan Bailey – pictured here with his cousin (it didn’t take us long to discover) – our Project Manager Kenny Logan!
A humble Young man with a personality as sweet as his smile, Dallan grew up in the government orphanage in Belize City. One of my friends here discovered that he was homeless so she took him in and gave him a job to help him to get on his feet.