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Baby Z Heart Update October 18, 2013

Filed under: Baby Z — Sheena @ 4:30 am
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With little less than a month to go in this pregnancy Baby Z is getting ready to make his debut. I am 35 weeks with 5 more to go. Hopefully he will stay in there 42 weeks. If you have ever been pregnant before that last statement may have knocked you off your feet. Yes, I want to stay pregnant as long as I can.

Here is why; Baby Z had his monthly pediatric cardiologist appointment on Wednesday. We got great news the last time we were there but this time not so great. His little heart did not continue to grow as it had in the past months. His issue is the left side of his heart is small but is developed. The problem this time is that his mitral valve is at 6mm it needs to be at 8mm at time full term and it didn’t grow at all in 4 weeks. If  it does not grow to 8mm then we are going to have a long road ahead of us. The Dr is now saying he has a 50/50 chance of having Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome 😦 This means he will have to have three open heart surgeries to make his heart work property. In the end he will only live his life with a half heart. We are scheduled for an appointment at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital on Tuesday for a second opinion. I will keep you updated on his progress.


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