Isabella's Heart of Love
Our team is raising critical funds for congenital heart defects in honor of Isabella! 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.
Isabella's congenital heart defects were first suspected while in utero during the 20 week ultrasound as they had found a significant amount of fluid surrounding her heart. At birth she was officially diagnosed with Double Outlet Right Ventricle (DORV), Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) type with her first open heart surgery a couple weeks before she turned 1 year old. The conduit they used was only expected to last until she was 4 years old. This Thanksgiving she will be 9! Her best friend (Dr. Okorie, her cardiologist) and her Team are discussing whether to keep holding off on surgery to replace the conduit, because why change something that is working so well or go ahead with surgery to avoid an emergency.
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!
You can follow Isabella's journey with CHD by visiting www.fb.com/isabellasheartoflove