Raising awareness and funds for MLH of Coastal Virginia in honor of our heart warrior Andrew!
Andrew was born with a heart murmur that we expected to dissipate, as some murmurs often do soon after birth. At our 1 week appointment, the murmur was still present and the pediatrician referred Andrew to a pediatric cardiologist at the CHKD Heart Center. At 2 weeks Andrew was diagnosed with a sub-pulmonary ventricular septal defect (a type of VSD) which is a small hole (just a few millimeters in diameter) located in the wall in between his 2 pumping chambers (ventricles) near the pulmonary and aortic valves. The location of the defect could potentially cause harm to the valves because of the blood flow out of the aorta due to the constant pressures and increased pull on the valves as the demand grew as he grew. Aortic leakage or aortic insufficiency of this sort in a small child would cause damage to the valves and drive heart failure as he would grow and became more active. Thankfully, Andrew’s VSD was small enough that immediate surgical revision was not required and we were able to monitor the defect and signs of heart failure for nearly 1.5 years after his CHD diagnosis. On September 2, 2015, Andrew underwent open heart surgery at CHKD for his VSD revision. He was a rockstar during and after surgery and incredibly resilient as many children with CHDs are. While going through this was a challenge and one of the heaviest experiences as parents, the “heart community,” as we call it, was invaluable for preparing and educating us as parents and for providing us the encouragement that we were not alone and that this is a much more common occurrence than many people know. We are here to spread that message. Please join us in supporting Mended Little Hearts of Coastal Virginia by giving to Team Andrew!