Atlanta Congenital Heart Walk


Meet Brianna Savannah, Our Adorable Heart Warrior looks great and acts like your typical 2-year-old toddler but she was born with a rare congenital heart defect, Double Outlet Right Ventricle (DORV) as well as Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) and TGA, transposition of the great arteries. In DORV, the pulmonary artery and the aorta — the heart’s two major arteries — both connect to the right ventricle.

In 2016, Shelly and Brian were looking forward to starting their family. They were thrilled with the expectancy of their first child. Although they knew there could be some risks to the pregnancy, they never expected to hear the words “Congenital Heart Disease.”

When Brianna was born in the Spring of 2017, she was immediately transferred to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Heart Center. Most babies with TGA are born with a small hole between their atria, which allows just enough red blood to get to the body to maintain life for a few hours. Typically diagnosed within the first hours after birth, TGA is life-threatening, and in order to survive, babies need a procedure called a balloon atrial septostomy, which Brianna received within 36 hours. However, that procedure is only temporary, and Brianna would have to undergo open heart surgery to repair the overall defects. Brianna had open heart surgery, which lasted for more than 10 hours, at six days old. Brianna’s health afterward was scary - she coded hours aftr surgery but survived Cardiopulmonary resuscitation! God's Grace covered our Heaven Sent Heart Warrior, the journey after she came home was shared with her on a feeding tube more than a year & half, weekly physical therapy, occupational therapy and much more. Today, Brianna's made great progress to overcome many of her challenges and continues to receive speech and feeding therapy. This Heart Warrior is a gift to her Parents and adored by her family.

Through great treatments, medical research for pediatric CHD, Brianna plays and runs around like any normal child and is very smart too. However, we need your help in raising funds for continued research to ensure that she continues to thrive. This advances CHD Awareness for better treatment, new meds, more care for congenital heart defects that may not exists today. Please continue to read the information below and please consider making a worthwhile donation.

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 Team Brianna, join us for the Congenital Heart Walk, or both! Thank you - Brian & Shelly Bason, HSHF

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