We've heard back from Greta's surgeon, and the CT scan confirmed his diagnosis. On 16 October at Kosair Children's Hospital, she will undergo surgery to remove a first branchial cleft tract, which is an unnecessary duct extending from her ear canal to an opening in her neck. Because of the involvement of her parotid gland, a parotidectomy is necessary. Her facial nerves will need to be dissected as a part of this process. Although the surgery is not invasive, it is still a 5+ hour procedure. If all goes well, she will be released from the hospital after 72 hours.
Cindy adds that Greta has been battling infections for 8 or 9 months, if not longer, and that there is a risk that some of her facial muscles could be damaged by the surgery.
Please keep this little girl in your prayers.