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Healthy Heart

Posted Aug 13 2010 11:46am
We drove back to Duke yesterday for Tricia's post-op and for an echocardiogram of Gwyneth's heart.

Tricia is feeling good and the pain meds have finally exited her system. The surgeon reports that everything looks good and is healing nicely. She'll have another post-op in about two weeks.

Gwyneth has had a PDA since birth (even though the heart valve had appeared to be closed a few days after her birth, it was later discovered to still be an issue). In most cases in young children, the valve eventually closes without ever having caused any issues. Every report through yesterday showed that her valve was still open, but, this latest echo showed that it is now closed. In the words of the cardiologist, Gwyneth has a "perfectly healthy heart". This is great news because it means she avoids the surgical procedure which would be needed in a few years to close the valve (and we won't be scheduling another cardiology appt for a very long time).

Thanks again for your prayer for my two girls!

Nate
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