Oct. 17 - The Panados tried all means to get an emergency appointment with the US Embassy, Gift of Life faxed the visa request and called the office of the Non-immigrant chief, but the earliest date they could give was Oct. 22, Tuesday.
Oct. 18 - Since it was impossible for Kyle to be admitted on the 22nd, Dr. Issenberg decided to move his admission date to Oct. 24, Thursday. His cardiac catheterization will be on Friday and the surgery would then be on the following week. Tess and Kyle were booked for Oct. 23 flight.
Oct. 22 - The US Embassy in Manila has issued the visas at 3:30 PM. Kyle and parents stayed overnight in Manila, check-in time at the airport the following day will be at 4AM.
Oct. 25 - Erica Topp of Gift of Life wrote: "Denise Panado had his catheterization today and was found inoperable. The ECHOs that were done both by Dr. Collado and Dr. Issenberg were not able to show severity that was seen in the Catheterization. The VSD was not very small. This makes a single ventricle/Fontan approach prohibitively risky. Dr. Issenberg has explained the findings to Tess, and they will return to the host family in the morning. She has a copy of the cath report. Dr. Collado has been notified by Dr. Issenberg with further details. The host family has volunteered to help Tess see an eye doctor and get her a better pair of eyeglasses, since the ones she currently has are not strong enough and very large. They will probably return home within a week". /Erica