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Re: No left ventricle for a baby

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Posted by Shari on November 16, 2000 at 00:41:47:

In Reply to: No left ventricle for a baby posted by alissa on November 08, 2000 at 20:11:24:

: Hello I was wondering if anyone knows what would be looking at if we adopted a baby who was born with no left ventricle in her heart, she is having surgery tomorrow to give her one and my husband and I are wondering what we will be up against. If anyone knows please let me know. Thank you.
: Alissa

Hi I am the mother of an almost 10 year old boy born with "Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrom" this basically means that he has no functioning left ventricle. What they do is reroute the blood through 3 surgeries so that the right ventricle pumps out oxygenated blood to the body instead of the left then gets sent to the lungs straight from the upper and lower body instead of being pumped to the lungs(it gets there passively through a system the surgeon makes). Enough of the anatomy and on to the child....Benjamin is pretty much your average kid, has friends, gets good grades, has plenty of energy...although he can't do a full sized soccer field team it's too much running...but he does play baseball, rollerblade, climb, jump etc. He is on no medicines although this is rare but a lot of heart kids just take aspirin after all the surgeries. He recently had a pacemaker implanted due to epiosodes of a very low heart rate while sleeping. I'm told that 15% of these patients have their heart's natural electrical thrown off due to scar tissue. He had this done almost 3 weeks ago and is coming along just fine....he even is making pacemaker jokes.

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