March 9, 2011

Our Family's Hero: Dr Moga at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis

My wife just had a good cry watching this commercial that played during last night's episode of Glee.  This is Dr. Moga and we've known him since our twin sons, Luke and Avery, were very little boys.  He was with us during some of the darkest times of our lives.  He along with many other wonderful people at Children's Hospital in Downtown Minneapolis our truly my family's heros.

If you don't know the story of Luke and Avery, you can read about it here in this article from the Minnesota Star Tribune.

Back when Luke was less than a year old, he had a very serious heart surgery that didn't go very well.  His heart had stopped and the doctors had to put him on a machine called ECMO which basically acted as his heart and lungs.  When I was first told about this, I thought he didn't have a chance.  I lived for about 24 hours thinking my precious son was no longer going to be with us.  My mom and wife had a lot more faith than I did. 

Luke literally surfed on the edge of life.  He had to be monitored 24 hours a day by two nurses at all times.  One to watch his vitals and the other to make sure the machine wouldn't fail.  We lived this way for the 6 most stressful days of our lives.

On the day Luke went into surgery to come off ECMO, we were beside ourselves.  We had hope he was going to be able to live on his own, but we had no way to know for sure.  We waited in a small conference room instead of the hospital waiting room.  We didn't want to be around other people in case we were going to get the dreaded news that our son didn't make it.   

After a couple hours of surgery, we were bouncing off the walls.  Sheri kept peeking out the door to see if she could see down the hall where the doctors would first be seen.  Finally, she spied Dr. Moga.  He was heading our way when he was stopped by another doctor.  They stood in conversation for a few minutes while Sheri waited for the news to be delivered.  Her anticipation was impalpable.

Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, his conversation with the other doctor stopped.  He walked our way when he suddenly saw Sheri's face and smiled. 

She blurted to him "How did it go?" 

Dr. Moga exclaimed back.   "He's fine!  He's in recovery!"

Our prayers had been answered. 

That was 10 years ago. 
When we watched this commercial, we wondered how many other families had been affected by Dr. Moga like we were.

What was such a life defining moment for us, was just another day at work for him. 

Thank you Dr. Moga for everything you did for our family!

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  1. I love thus story, and I lone the ad. So happy for you and your family that the story turned out so well.

  2. I just saw this same commercial and had the same thoughts as your wife. Here is a man that has no idea how many lives he has touched! Our son was born with a hole in his heart (VSD) and was an easy case for the doctors but not for us as parents. He is now 2.5 yrs old and a pistal! You would have no idea that he had any problems as a baby. One of the things that Dr. Moga said to us is that he would not recognize us on the street, meaning that our son would recover with no problem. The thing is that we will always know who he is and be thankful to God that he gave him the talent to do what he does! Jennifer Rutschke