Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Spilled Flower Water

While out buying flowers and a card for Grace's birthmom, we received a phone call from her sister instructing us to get to Phoenix Children's Hospital ASAP. I panicked, running out of Safeway without paying for the items and knocking down the flower vase filled with water in the process. We ran to the car and drove away as fast as we possibly could. During the drive, we were called back and told to come to the original hospital and that the doctors would explain more. At the hospital we were told that they had discovered a tiny heart murmur which led them to believe that Grace had a potential heart defect. Because of the seriousness of the defect, Grace was going to be life-flighted by helicopter to Phoenix Children's Hospital.

We tried to stay calm amidst the stressful situation and left for PCH (Phoenix Children's Hospital) to be with Grace. At PCH Grace was placed in their NICU and doctors and cardiologists closely examined her and performed echo cardiograms.

Grace was diagnosed with Pulmonary Atresia with VSD, also known as Tetralogy of Fallot. PCH performs surgeries for this type of birth defect 100's of times per year, but because of her low birth weight there was some concern. Over the next two weeks they would be working on getting Grace to gain weight as furiously as possible, with her first surgery taking place as early as 2 weeks from her birth date.

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