Thursday, February 14, 2008

Please pray for little baby Colin, he's having open heart surgery today.
Caution to those of you that are squeamish, the first pic of Colin w/ his chest open.


carmachu said...

yeah....that pretty much says it all.

furiousBall said...

good thoughts. happy valentine's day!

Terri@SteelMagnolia said...

Some interesting (and surprising) facts I NEVER KNEW until my little Magoo was born:

Congenital heart defects are America's #1 birth defect. Nearly one of every 100 babies is born with a CHD.

Congenital heart defects are the #1cause of birth defect related deaths.

This year almost 40,000 babies will be born with a congenital heart defect. 4,000 of them will not live to see their first birthday.

91,000 life years are lost each year in this country due to congenital heart defects.

The cost for inpatient surgery to repair congenital heart defects exceeds $2.2 billion a year. (YES, WE KNOW THIS ONE ALL TOO WELL!!)

Congenital heart defects occur frequently and are often life threatening, yet research into them is grossly under funded.

In the last decade death rates for congenital heart defects have declined by almost 30% due to advances made through research.

More than 50% of all children born with a congenital heart defect will require at least one invasive surgery in their lifetime.

There are 35 different types of congenital heart defects. Little is known about the cause of most them. There is not yet a cure for any of them.

In the U.S., twice as many children die from congenital heart defects each year than from all forms of childhood cancer combined, yet funding for pediatric cancer research is five times higher than funding for CHD.


Andrea W. said...

Wow Terri, such sobering stats. It's so good to keep things in perspective and count our blessings.

crabby old man said...


Queen of the Mayhem said...

I am ON it! :)

Happy Valentine's Day!

Posh Totty said...

Hiya, in reply to your question on my blog, my little man has Truncus Arteriosus and a bicuspic aortic valve.

Caden said...

Just found your blog, and thought I would invite you to see my son's. He has Truncus Arteriosus, and of course, his own blogger page. It's always nice to meet new parents of heart babies.

Ashlea (Caden's mom)