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November 30, 2009

Noah moved from ICU

Twenty-one-month–old Noah Crowe, son of John David and Jessica Crowe, who had surgery for a brain tumor a week ago at Children’s Hospital of Birmingham, has been moved out of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, where he has been since the surgery.

Crowe, who is minister of music at Friendship United Methodist Church, said he and his wife noticed that Noah had a sudden loss of motor skills just days before his surgery. Once flown by medical helicopter to the hospital it was discovered that the toddler had a large brain tumor and he was given massive doses of steroids to hold the growth at bay.

During surgery, doctors discovered that the child had been close to death because the tumor had aggressively attached itself to key parts of the brain and had several veins going through it, according to his father.

In a surgery that lasted most of a day surgeons cut away parts of the tumor, surgeons would have to stop frequently to put blood back in his body and get his blood pressure back to normal. Noah lost 1.25 times his total blood volume during the surgery, he said.

It was feared that Noah would be paralyzed on his right side, but he is able to move that side.

The Crowes continue to wait upon the pathology report. The following is from excerpts from a Sunday entry on the Pray For Noah blog written by John David and Jessica Crowe. The website is http://prayfornoah.weebly.com/

“Today was not a bad day at all. Jessica and I are so glad that Noah is away from all the stress of the PICU. He has slept more than I have ever seen him sleep - and that’s fine with me. From what we have been told and read, patients who have brain surgery sleep more post operation than any other surgery…Jessica got to spend time holding Noah.

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