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Heart Warrior Stories Caitlin O.

Our son Cole was about a week old when his pediatrician discovered a heart murmur that he hadn’t heard in the hospital or at his first doctor’s visit. We were able to get an appointment with a pediatric cardiologist for a few days later, however we noticed that Cole’s breathing seemed unusual. He was irritable, breathing very quickly, and his chest was retracting with each breath. We took Cole to be evaluated at the Emergency Room. Little did we know that we would be riding in an ambulance just a few hours later. Cole was taken by ambulance to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he was later diagnosed with a congenital heart defect, Tetralogy of Fallot. Cole was admitted overnight and started on a diuretic medication to help with his breathing. We took Cole to monthly cardiology appointments so his condition could be monitored. His doctors wanted Cole to grow bigger before his full repair. This past July, at exactly five months old, Cole underwent his life-saving open heart surgery at CHOP. They were able to repair the four defects associated with Cole’s Tetralogy, and also repaired an additional ASD. Cole spent six days in the hospital recovering from his surgery. Cole continues to heal and grow. He is smart, happy, strong, and resilient. He inspires us everyday! Thank you Wubbanub for recognizing and raising awareness for our CHD warriors!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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