Celebrate Happy Hearts

February is known to be the month of love. The month of roses, I love you’s and conversation candy hearts. Everyone knows this. But few people know that February is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Month. And why would you unless you were personally affected? I was uninformed until my daughter, Harper, was born with a complete AV Canal Defect and Down syndrome, in August 2011. Now we celebrate February 1st by wearing red for heart disease awareness and celebrate World Down syndrome Day on March 21st.

These celebrations wouldn’t have meant anything to me 2 years ago. I was early in my pregnancy in February 2011 and selfishly unaware of Congenital Heart Defect Awareness month. And also unaware that, my newly created daughter, was going to be born with defects.

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Max’s Story

Our son, Maxwell, was born in September, 2011 in Madison WI. The pregnancy had been uneventful, so we were taken by surprise when we learned that Max would need to be taken up to the NICU due to having difficulty breathing. We were soon informed that our newborn son was placed on a ventilator and would need to be rushed to American Family Children’s Hospital. We were able to go to the NICU and touch Max’s feet as the hospital staff was scurrying around organizing the specialized transport that Max would need to make his journey across the city.

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