Thursday, July 30, 2009

Looking at the Heart

Sunday marked 5 years since Miss K had heart surgery. Five years ago we were sitting on aqua, plastic chairs in the waiting room at a hospital in Taiwan, watching Taiwanese TV. Thankfully, my parents and Nai-nai were there with us. Just four days prior to surgery she had heart catheterization and at that time had serious complications that we did not think she would live through the night. We left the hospital that night trusting God to work.

Even though she had complications the doctor was willing to perform the operation. At two weeks of age she was headed for her second surgery. She was diagnosed with coarctation of the aorta and a few other things which have corrected themselves.

Today she had a follow-up appointment this time with a doctor at CHOP. The first time that she has been to a specialized in the USA. CHOP has offices throughout the area. I called last Monday thinking it would take weeks to get an appointment but was surprised to get one today at an office 10 minutes away. Miss K wanted to go to the park and not the doctor. She told me to turn left as that is the way to the park. She was good and held her fingers for the doctor to check the oxygen saturation, then we were able to check the blood pressure on her arm and leg (that was one of the indications when she was born of a problem as they would get different readings on her arms than her legs) and then allowed him to listen to her heart. The doctor said it sounded good and we will wait until she is older for an Echo. In talking with the doctor he told me that coarctation of the aorta is not common in Down Syndrome children. Fifty percent of the children have heart problems but very few have coarctation of the aorta.

I am thankful that her heart continues to be fine. She is not on any medications. I am thankful for the doctor who did surgery. God has spared Miss K's life and he has a purpose and plan.


  1. Isn't God good?! What a treasure you have in that little girl of yours!


  2. I understand your relief and thank God right along with you!



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