Wednesday, August 4, 2010


Here's what we know from our appointment with the pediatric cardiologist at Texas Children's...

There are 3 defects within our baby's heart:
1) Ventricular septal defect - an opening between the two ventricles of his heart that should not be there
2) Tricuspid stenosis - narrowing of the valve between the right atrium and the right ventricle
3) Small right ventricle

What does this mean? 
The prognosis is good at this point. All defects can be repaired and actually the first defect listed does not require repair because it needs to be there and be open.  If it closes they will then have to intervene.  

Basically we are looking at 1-3 surgeries after he is born.  The first one, if needed, will be at 5-6 days after delivery.  The second one, which will be necessary, will be at 3-4 months.  The third and hopefully final one, which will likely be needed, will be at 3-4 years of age.  

Of course there could be complications that arise as there are a number of risks for each procedure and surgery.  The cardiologist also warned that the situation could continue to evolve and may get worse resulting in:

1) VSD closing-  which will be another surgery
2) Tricuspid stenosis turning into tricuspid atresia (which means the valve is not open at all)
3) Small right ventricle turning into hypoplastic ventricle (which means it is severely underdeveloped).

Even if the defects do evolve the treatment and prognosis will still be about the same.  She did her best to assure us that while we may not have a football player on our hands, our baby should be able to have an active and healthy childhood with a good quality of life.    
We are at peace with the news and found much relief in the news. Sure the next few months and years will be difficult, but that's a small sacrifice that we'll gladly accept to spend a lifetime with our son. 

Thanks again for the prayers and the love. What a support system we have!!  My cell phone was going crazy today and my inbox filled up quickly, but He heard our prayers.  THANK YOU!

Please keep them coming as we prepare ourselves mentally, physically, and spiritually for the next phase of our journey.  

Oh, and stay tuned for the big name reveal tomorrow....  for now we are off to an afternoon movie and some shopping for baby and me.


The Johnson Family said...

I am in tears!! I am so glad to hear this!! I know that although there may be difficulties throughout this journey, they will all be worth it and Baby V is SO blessed to have you and Tony as parents!!

I will continue to keep you guys in my prayers and cannot wait for the big name reveal!!


Karah said...

Praise GOD!! I will continue to keep you guys in my prayers. :)

Queen Bee said...

Oh Tiffanie, I am still praying! So glad the news was positive! I will continue to keep you all in my prayers! I can't wait to hear the little pumpkins name!!

Okie Rednecks said...

I am so happy for you guys. You will continue to be in my prayers...

taeandashleypark said...

I am so glad for the positive news! We will keep praying for you guys and can't wait to hear the name!!

Tracy: said...

Praising God with you and will be praying for you all in the days ahead! We have walked this same road with our sweet girl, who is now 11!! HE is our HEALER!!

Donald said...

Very very glad to hear that the news is good and that you can relax emotionally and mentally now.


Katie (Re:fresh Design Studio) said...

Praying for you and your little guy. Glad to hear you guys are staying positive!