As you may remember when my daugther Mercer was born, she came with an undiagonsed heart defect that sent our heads whirling. It was a terrifying time in our lives and we were extremely fortuante to have caught her defect in enough time. Her medical condition (coartcation of the aorta) opened up my eyes to the world of congential heart defects. It was something I had vaguely heard of but lumped it into the category of things that I didn't worry too much about because so much emphasis is placed on other (less common) defects and because I had a seemingly healthy 20 week anatomy ultrasound. But oh what I've learned since...
A few things about congentinal heart defects:
- CHD's are the most common birth defect
- 1 in 110 babies are born with one
- About 40,000 babies are born each year with a CHD
- 25% of babies born with a CHD will have to have a life-saving surgery
(my Mercer was one of those!)
- There is no known prevention or cure
- There are over 40 types of CHD
- Twice as many chidlren die from CHD than from all forms of childhood cancers combined
So! With all that being said, February 7-14 is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness week and in honor of that, I'm selling a children's t-shirt in my etsy shop -- the proceeds of which will go to the Mended Little Hearts organization. Mended Little Hearts reached out to us while we were in the hospital with Mercer and we deeply appreciated their support.
Big sisters have to get in on all the fun... T-Shirt sizes available: 2 through 5/6
And a little update on Miss Mercer: She is now 5 months old and doing well :) We still have routine cardiologist appointments every couple of months to see how her repair is doing. So far, so good. It's something we will have to keep a close eye on since she has so much growing to do. But if you didn't know any better...she is a happy, sweet, and silly baby! ..With a special little heart <3