Chloe was born with a hole in her heart. When she was a few months old her pediatrician thought he heard a murmur at one of her well child check ups. At the following well child check up he heard it again. Those were the only two times it was heard. (The larger the hole, the more difficult it is to hear) Luckily he referred us to our local pediatric cardiac department. Her echo confirmed it. An atrial septal defect. (A whole between the top two chambers of her heart) Chloe’s was 1cm and didn’t have much of an edge. So, we kept an eye on it until she was just shy of 4 years old. On May 20th 2013 she had open heart surgery to repair the hole. A day after surgery I was chasing her down the hallway to the play room. Begging her to slow down because I was carrying the suitcase her chest tube was draining into! Four days after her surgery she was discharged. And at her 1 year follow up her own tissue had completely covered the patch!
Our team is raising critical funds for congenital heart defects! Congenital heart defects are the most commonly occurring birth defect, affecting approximately 1 in 110 babies born, or a child born every 15 minutes. Congenital heart defects are the leading cause of birth-defect related mortality.
Funded research is making a very big difference in the lives of CHD patients, helping to reduce incidences and increase survival, longevity and quality of life. Research has made a very big impact, and with survival and longevity increasing, even more research is needed to help address lifelong challenges that CHD patients will face. Every dollar in support of The Children’s Heart Foundation helps to further their mission: to fund the most promising research to advance the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of congenital heart defects.
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