Anniversary of a Miracle

***Original post date Sept. 12, 2007***

Today is a special day. It is the one year anniversary of my daughter’s heart surgery. Larken was born with Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA), which is a congenital heart defect in which the aorta and the pulmonary artery are reversed. As a result the blood is not mixing and her organs would be deprived of oxygen rich blood.

Her surgery started at 9:00 A.M. and lasted 9 ½ hours. For me the most amazing part (besides doctors working 9 ½ hours with no pee break) was that her heart was only the size of a walnut! The great arteries they were cutting were about the size of a pencil tip, and the coronary arteries they had to splice and reconnect were about the size of a piece of thread!

Click here for a flash movie about the surgery

After a month in the hospital we took our little miracle home. She will have to see the cardiologist at least once a year for the rest of her life for checkups, but barring any complications, she should lead a “normal” life.

Today she is starting to take her first steps. She loves dancing and laughing and music. (Even when daddy sings!) If it weren’t for the scar on her chest you would never know that she was any different than any other toddler. She is a bit smaller than your average one year old, but that is to be expected in heart babies since the body put so much effort into healing the heart.

We will be forever grateful to Dr. Fortuna, the surgeon, and all of the doctors, nurses and staff at Children’s Hospital of Illinois for taking such good care of our “miracle baby.”


One comment on “Anniversary of a Miracle

  1. My daughter is 8 years old and when she was born she also had TGA and had to have surgery. 8 years later she is still strong and healthy. She has even run track and was one of the fastest kids. I still go in to her room at night (when she is sleeping) every once and awhile just to hear the wonderful sound of her breathing. So thankful to God for my little miracle. Blessings on your Miracle girl as well. ~

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