As most of you already know, My husband and I went to our 20 week anatomy scan to find out the gender of our baby...we went home with the new knowledge that 1 in 100 babies are born with a heart defect and ours was one of them. We were told our baby may have half a heart and very low chance of survival with a high possibility we may have to abort. Thankfully we were sent to C.H.O.P. Where the team of angels found the rest of her heart, although small HOPEFUL. We went to appointment after appointment hearing different theories and ideas that the doctors planned for our little lady. On day 4 of her life Aurora received her 7 hour surgery by the life saving Dr. Chen and his team where they took the tiniest tools and helped the tiniest heart by repairing the narrowing of her aortic arch that allowed her heart to work properly. The left side of her heart grew each day and her hole eventually closed on its own. Her heart will never be like her peers but it is hers and it is wonderful.
My ENTIRE family thanks and owes the life of our Aurora to C.H.O.P from the nurses who monitored her to the janitors and maintenance staff that kept the place we called home for weeks clean and functioning to of course Dr. Chen and his team.
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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