Valentine's Day is not only about candy and flowers.....
Posted Feb 13 2010 7:55pm
Its also about CHDs!!
A congenital heart defect (CHD) is a defect in the structure of the heart and great vessels of a newborn. Most heart defects either obstruct blood flow in the heart or vessels near it or cause blood to flow through the heart in an abnormal pattern, although other defects affecting heart rhythm (such as long QT syndrome) can also occur. Heart defects are among the most common birth defects and are the leading cause of birth defect-related deaths.
Eva's CHD was an ASD and a PDA...
Atrial septal defect (ASD) is a form of congenital heart defect that enables blood flow between the left and right atria via the interatrial septum. The interatrial septum is the tissue that divides the right and left atria. Without this septum, or if there is a defect in this septum, it is possible for blood to travel from the left side of the heart to the right side of the heart, or vice versa.
Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is a congenital disorder in heart where in a neonate's ductus arteriosus fails to close after birth. Symptoms are uncommon but in the first year of life include increased work of breathing and poor weight gain. With age, the PDA may lead to congestive heart failure if left uncorrected.
Eva's PDA was clamped at 2 months old and her ASD was fixed at 1 year. Her ASD was the big surgery and I can still remember it like it was yesterday.
My heart was so broken after seeing her like this, she was so sad and so upset. Her little wrists were strapped to the bed and all she wanted to do was suck her thumb but couldn't.
I hope we helped pass on more awarness about CHDs and you will remember this every Valentine's Day (and everyday).