February is Congenital Heart Defect awareness month!

Ariana was born with a congenital heart defect (CHD) and was diagnosed with an ASD (Atrial septal defect) and VSD (ventricular septal defect) also known as “holes in the heart.”

This is what her ASD looks like

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This is what her VSD looks like.

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Ariana’s doctors let us know that heart surgery was a big possibility… But they also let us know, that sometimes these “holes” can close. Ariana’s first heart check up was when she was 3 months old, I was a nervous wreck.. Again.. For the 154,385 time. She laid on this huge bed while they did an ultrasound on her chest. I remember the doctor just kept saying hmm, and ohh.. And every hmm and ohh I would just sink deeper, and deeper into my chair.

15 long minutes later he let me know that Ari’s VSD had closed on it’s own! *biggest sigh of relief ever. Her ASD is still there, and she’s due in two months for her next check up. She’s not out of the woods yet, but we’re half way there.

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•CHD (congenital heart defect) is the #1 birth defect in America
•1 of every 100 babies is born with a CHD
•CHD is the leading cause in all infant deaths in the United States
•There are more than 40 different types of congenital heart defects.
•In the United States, twice as many children die from congenital heart defects each year than from all forms of childhood cancer combined, yet funding for pediatric cancer research is five times higher than funding for CHD.

annnddd just in case you would like to make a research donation to the children’s heart foundation to help fund research for CHD here’s the link.

http://www.childrensheartfoundation.org/forms/ResearchDonation.html

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