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The St Louis Congenital Heart Walk is coming up and we wanted to share some information about our sweet boy with you all, and the importance of raising awareness and funds for treatment and research in the world of CHD.
Raising funds for congenital heart defect (CHD) research is not only critically important to all babies born with, and children and adults living with CHDs, it is also personally meaningful to us.
Our son Watson was born with a rare series of congenital heart defects, which require multiple open-heart surgeries in his early childhood. His diagnosis is Double Inlet Left Ventricle (DILV), meaning he has a single ventricle heart. We learned of his diagnosis at about 24 weeks in utero and our world has never been the same. Thankfully right now, Watson is thriving and doing wonderful. You would never look at him and be able to tell all the complex things going on in his little heart. Watson had his first open heart surgery at almost six months old and will be having another when he is somewhere between the ages of three and five. Without these surgeries, we would not have Watson with us here today. We are very thankful for the advancement so far in the world of congenital heart disease. These surgeries may be life saving for Watson and children like him, but they are not a cure, only a palliative care option. It's likely that after Watsons last planned open heart surgery, he will need more interventions throughout his life, possibly even a heart transplant. It is scary to think what the future may hold for our Watson, but because of the research being done today, we are incredibly optimistic. We are hopeful each day that he will live a long, happy, and healthy life.
You may purchase any of the “Team Watson” apparel to support the Watson, and all other heart warriors and heart angels. $5 from each item purchased will benefit the Childrens Heart Foundation, a foundation very near and dear to our hearts.