2022 Dallas-Ft. Worth Congenital Heart Walk

Jose Rueda's Heart Warriors

Our team is raising funds for congenital heart defect research - join us!

Why give? Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect in the nation, impacting ONE in every 110 babies each year. The Children’s Heart Foundation exists to make sure these babies - and everyone impacted by CHDs - live long and healthy lives. Because of research, today there is greater hope for babies born with, and adults living with, congenital heart defects.

Help us reach our fundraising goal by making a donation today. You can also become a member of our team and join us at the walk!

Thank you in advance for your support!

Jose's story started with a healthy pregnancy we were very excited to receive our 2nd baby boy on August 30 2017 his birth went as planned But that evening things started to change Jose's color became grayish blueish he barely opened his eyes his temperature kept dropping I kept asking the nurses what was wrong with him they said he was fine I spent the night worrying the following morning the nurses came to take Jose to the  Nursery a hour passed but Jose did not return The nurses came and said that while he was at the nursery he turned blue and the oxygen level dropped in the low thirties They had no idea what was wrong with him his pediatrician  was called in and Jose had to be intubated.  His pediatrician came in to talk to us he said that it could be a really bad infection Or something with the heart and that he had to be transported  To cook children's medical center.  The next time I got to see my baby was in  a helicopter pod with all kinds of tubes it was so scary Once we arrived at cook's they had already done all the test the cardiologist came to tell me that Jose was diagnosed with transposition of the great arteries  And a surgery  called an arterial switch could save his life. Jose went to surgery on September 11th His surgery was successful I want to thank doctor Tam and his staff for keeping us updated throughout the surgery. I  asked the nurses how long it would be before we got to go home they said it depended on Jose how fast he would start gaining weight and eating well he surprised us he spent only 2 days in cardiac intensive care And 4  more days in the NICU He was ready to go home. Jose is now 2 years old and thriving Please help us raise funds for research so other families in the future may not have to go through the pain and scary moments we had to live through.




Thank you for visiting my fundraising page for the Congenital Heart Walk. Raising funds for CHD research is critically important to all Heart Warriors and Heart Angels, and personally very meaningful to me.

Please help us to fund CHD research by making a donation to my personal fundraising page. Together we can make a life-saving difference!

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