Our Heart Warriors
Get to Know Our Little Heart Warriors
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In August 2005, my husband and I learned that we would be adding a second child to our family. At our routine 20 week ultrasound, we found out that our baby would be born with a severe heart defect called Tricuspid Atresia, meaning that our baby would only be born with “half of a heart”.
Evan Dutton was born on September 25, 2008. I was 41 weeks pregnant when the doctors decided it was time to induce labor. I had a perfect pregnancy with no complications so when Evan was born blue and rushed to the NICU, they concluded it was from the difficult labor.
Aaron was born on September 4, 2012. He was perfect! We did not know that anything was wrong until his pediatrician heard a small murmur and wanted us to go get an echocardiogram on his heart. On October 25, 2012, I went to Loma Linda alone thinking that there was nothing wrong…
Have you ever heard of the saying “It takes a village to raise a child”? Well it didn’t take a village to help raise my daughter Lauren Hope but it definitely took one amazing hospital. I found out at my 5th month ultra sound that my youngest baby would be born with a congenital heart defect.