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She had Patent Ductus Arteriosus. Should have closed after being born, but it didn't. Her heart was working extra hard in order to get enough Oxygen to everywhere causing an enlarged heart. She also has an ASD that will be re-evaluated when she is 3 years old.
Hey Rachel, how big was Marsi's PDA? I'm just curious because Siera just had hers closed and it was done via a catheter procedure. I think Siera's was tiny though.
How is she doing though? And another random question - did you receive an ID card for her from the Children's Hospital (or whatever it is)? We got ours and Siera's name was misspelled on it. Now I'm wondering if I should bother calling them up to change it or just leave it alone. It's just one letter but it bugs...
I did not get an ID card from the hospital. I would think that they could make you a new one with the correct spelling.
They did not know how big her PDA was. They said it was something that they couldn't know until they got in and saw it. They said that since her heart was already enlarging, it was most likely a larger PDA. When they got in, it was huge. They were expecting to just put a clip in the middle of it and call it good, but it was so large that they did the clip on the middle and a suture on each end to close it up so there wasn't room for a clot to form. The cath procedure would not have worked at all for Marsi so we are very glad that we chose surgery from the get-go. You can see the distance between the clip and the sutures in this x-ray of her chest after surgery.
I forgot to add that Marsi is doing WONDERFUL!!!! She is hitting and exceeding every milestone there is. She is 8.5 months old and is cruising along furniture and is testing the waters of standing all by herself. She sleeps through the night and smiles all the time. She loves her baths and her kitties. I couldn't have asked for a more content happy baby.
Oh wow! That's kind of cool that you got pictures of the X-rays. And that's soooo great that she's hitting her milestones! I can't believe she's cruising the furniture at 8.5 months - she's going to be walking soon. We need to start a post for updated pics. I want to see how big our babies/toddlers have gotten