We were able to meet with Koen's Oncologist this afternoon. The meeting was very positive and encouraging. It was much needed after all of the events today. This morning a chest x-ray showed that Koen had large amounts of fluid in his right lung. The doctors later decided to drain the fluid to help his breathing which at the time was very short and rapid. They were able to drain 140mL (over half a cup) of fluid out of his right lung. As is fairly common, his right lung partially collapsed as a result of the procedure. They subsequently made the decision to intubate him and give his tired and worn out body a much needed break. He has been fighting very hard for the past 5 days. It was very scary walking back into his room and hearing that this was necessary. We are now however seeing the positive effects of him being intubated as all of his vitals are back within normal ranges. This has come as a great relief to us as we have had to watch him fight for every breath. Every aspect of the meeting with Koen's Oncologist was very positive. The oncology department here is part of an international orginazation that pools together research of cancer cases in children. This is necessary due to the fact that these cancers are so rare. The oncologist said that there are approximately only 200 cases like Koen's a year. However, they have been pooling this data for over 50 years so they have developed proven standard plans of attack for curing this type of cancer. We will know and hopefully start Koen's treatment plan tomorrow after his biopsy results are finalized. The goal of Koen's oncology team is that they will be able to declare him cancer free in as little as two years. We are so thankful that God led us here and feel that Koen is definitely in the right place. We now see the whole picture of why we were led to Colorado. Koen is sleeping well tonight. Even though he is heavily sedated he still has been somewhat responsive when asked certain questions. He shook his head yes when we asked him if he knew his Mommy and Daddy loved him! He also shook his head yes when we asked him if he would like a puppy when he is all better. It has been of great comfort to us to be surrounded by our families during this time. We greatly appreciate all the sacrafices you are making to be here for us and our little Koen! It has been amazing to hear how many people we have praying clear across the country. It is unbelievable to see how far one little life can reach. Thank you all very much. Your prayers are being answered. Please give the little ones around you an extra hug as we even more realize how precious they are.~Grant
Koen was taken to the ER July 30th. He has been diagnosed with a Massive Hepatoblastoma Tumor of the liver. A biopsy was done on Aug. 2nd. Koen's family will know more about the journey they are facing after the results from the biopsy are back. Koen is at the Children's Hospital in Denver, CO.
If you would like to help with Koen's medical expenses you can send a donation to the Slovek's personally. A BIG thank you to everyone who has helped with some of his medical expenses.
The Slovek Family
The Slovek Family 3002 Willowrun Dr. Castle Rock, CO 80109
The Children's Hospital c/o Koen Slovek 13123 East 16th Avenue Aurora, CO 80045