Our heart warrior, Carmine, was born on September 24, 2017. Healthy as can be! Everything was absolutely perfect until about 6 weeks old. Carmine had this cry that was different, a painful cry, not the typical " hungry or wet" newborn cry. That cry was followed with extreme sweating, along with multiple pediatrician visits who cleared him each time. Fast forward to 7.5 weeks old, Carmine lost his appetite. As a seasoned nursing mom, I knew something was wrong. Our pediatrician called in some meds and we continued to monitor him throughout the day. My mom intuition took over and I decided to take him to the ER. We arrived at the Hospital and once again he was able to be soothed and calmed down. After a chest x-ray and series of tests, the ER doctor told us he needed to be transfered for further testing. While waiting for the DuPont Ambulance team to arrive, Carmine went into Cardiac Arrest. At that exact moment DuPont's emergency response team arrived, resuscitated him and got him stable enough to transport him to Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children. That is where we were informed that something was wrong with Carmine's heart. Further testing was done and we found out Carmine had a coarctation of his Aortic Valve along with a bicuspid Aortic valve. After two days of getting Carmine stable and healthy enough for surgery, Dr. Christian Pizarro performed open heart surgery to save our heart warrior. After three weeks in the hospital working with OT, PT, and a Speech therapist our boy grew stronger and was discharged with minimal meds. Fast forward to now, 2 year old Carmine is a BLESSED, STRONG, HEART WARRIOR! Thanks to the amazing team at A. I. DuPont along with all the advance technology, my heart warrior is thriving and living his best second chance at LIFE!
This is why raising money for this amazing foundation is dear to our hearts. With of all the advanced technology and studies, Heart Warriors all around the world are able to have another chance at life! So with that being said, please consider to donate or join our Team Carmine's Conquerors on behalf of my heart warrior Carmine.
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.
Please support our team, join us for the Congenital Heart Walk, or both!
Thank you for all your support and prayers.