Monday, November 29, 2010

November 29 ~ BT Shunt makes history

Today I am wearing blue and red. For CHD awareness. Today is the anniversary of the first BT operation. This is why CHD parents are so passionate about awareness and research. Before this operation was performed some 70 years ago, cyanotic CHDers died, most before their first birthday, and those that survived that first year were very sickly. This operation was a huge leap forward in treating these precious children.

The BT Shunt was part of the first OHS that Jethro had at 10 days.

As traumatic as it is to see your baby like this, imagine if it wasn't possible. That your only option was to watch your blue baby slowly ~ or not so slowly ~ die. This operation was our first step toward this:

9 months now!

Here is a web page that talks a bit about the Blalock-Taussig shunt operation.

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