I was emailed a note from my cousin Brad on Karis' surgery. He said, "Everything went according to plan. It took a couple of hours. Now she has a cut below her left armpit and on the left side of her neck. Karis has been feeling pain and is very grumpy after the surgery. We keep praying for no infections. Christy [Karis' mom] is staying with her overnight in the hospital, and I came home since we didn't have double accommodations. The VNS device will be activated in a couple of weeks by her neurologist. The first step was just to get it implanted with no infection."
Christy then sent a further update when she and Karis got home. "We recently arrived home from the hospital. We had a rough night, with Karis waking up every couple hours crying (and even when she was sleeping, the stupid monitor alarms kept going off for random reasons and waking me up.) But this morning she has been fine, no crying and not even any pain medication. The trickiest thing is that we can't pick her up under her arms for several days, so we don't hurt the incision. The device is not turned on yet. We have to wait 2 weeks to make sure there is no infection or problem, and then go to her neurologist and he will turn it on and adjust the level. So we are praying all will go well. Now we are just trying to recover some sleep."
They thank you for all your prayers and well-wishes!