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Monday, February 6, 2012

Heart Awareness Week- It's My Heart- Team Colin

Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) is a complex and rare heart condition which is fatal if undiagnosed. HLHS comprises 4-8% of all congenital heart defects. It occurs in up to four out of every 10,000 live births. 

 During all prenatal screenings, nothing gave a clue that anything was wrong with Colin's heart.  Luckily, his delivery doctor noticed something was not quite right and was transferred to Texas Children's Hospital in Houston..  Most HLHS babies appear quite normal their first few days of life.  Ten days after Colin was born, he underwent his first of three open heart surgeries.
Colin after his first open heart surgery. What a miracle!
At two, one of Colin's favorite things to do is go to the beach. His second heart surgery went well, though taxing to all those that love him, he pulled through giving us many days at the beach.

Colin's third birthday will be approaching in April.  He is under constant checkups to see when he will  need his final open heart surgery.  He is a joy, a treasure, and a blessing.  His every breath is related to all the research and the hard work of people who have made it their lives to raise awareness of CHD.   This is why every February our family recognizes heart awareness month and join in fundraising efforts...see our link below... 

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