February is CHD Awareness Month and we're supporting this cause by participating in The Paper Heart Project. Every year, nearly 1 in 100 babies are born with one or multiple Congenital Heart Defects. Not only are parents terrified about what this means for the future of their babies, but it may mean open heart surgery - even on a newborn. For our family, our middle child was born with a Ventricular Septal Defect, which is a small hole in her heart. This causes a little bit of red oxygenated blood to squirt back into the blue side. A slight redundancy, but nothing severe, and it's too small to require surgery. We were hoping the hole would close on its own, which happens often, but she's 4.5 and it's still quite there. For us, it's a matter of inconvenience - more doctor appointments, including a yearly pediatric cardiologist visit. Before her eye surgery, she needed two additional clearances from doctors. Before going to the dentist, we need to get her cleared even. Fortunately, we're told she will live a normal life, and could run a marathon if she wanted.
Not all families are this lucky... The baby pictured below has had multiple surgeries, including open heart surgery when she was only a couple days old! Can you imagine? She's a fighter - she's overcome so many challenges, including having a feeding tube for the better part of her life so far. But she's doing well, thank God.
In honor of her and all Heart Hero babies, my friends and I gathered for a little photo shoot at Sims Lake Park in Suwanee to show our support for this cause through The Paper Heart Project. Search that hashtag on social media to see how others captured their kids' with paper hearts for CHD Awareness.
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