It's that time of year again. You know all the Valentine Cards and candy and parties and such with school and Banquets at Church and all. Everybody is focusing on love.
Well, this is our third year that we have put aside February for Congenital Heart Defect Awareness. March 2, 2005 Benji was born with CoArctation of the Aorta and Bicuspid Aortic Valve with Stenosis. On top of that he had a patent ductus arteriosis. We had no idea that his heart was defective, and to this day we do not know why.
Benji had closed heart surgery on March 9, 2005 to repair the CoA and close the PDA. Dr. Carla Christian did the surgery using the subclavian flap plasty. He has thrived and as of November 2007 it was declared his aortic valve is stable.
Along with Benji's heart defects we also are dealing with speech apraxia, hypotonia in his ankles and feet, sensory integration issues, lactose intolerance, and good old fashioned stubbornness. LOL..
I hope to post daily in the month of February about CHD's in order to bring more awareness to Congenital Heart Defects. Do join and pass a link on to those that might be interested.