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Autumn’s Story

Autumn Elizabeth Markos was born at 2:56 pm on October 1, 2012. She is 5 lbs 7.5 oz and 17.25 inches long.

Autumn was born with a heart condition called Ebstein's Anomaly. Ebstein's anomaly is a condition in which the tricuspid valve between your right heart chambers is malformed and sits lower than normal in the lower-right ventricle.

Autumn heart was too weak from multiple surgeries and she also has a clotting disorder, because of this Autumn received a heart transplant from her angel on 2/3/13.

Alan and I found out about Autumn's heart condition at a 24 week ultrasound. God was already working in our lives because at my 20 week ultrasound the doctor did not find anything wrong with Autumn's heart. Everything looked normal and she was healthy. Our little angel just happened to be moving around so much we couldn't get good pictures of her heart and the circulation in my placenta (because I had high blood pressure with Aiden) so he had asked me come back at 24 weeks. I said of course; I wanted to see that little girl and get more pictures! Two weeks later I got a phone call from my doctor that changed our lives forever.

That is when we were told that I had to see a specialist at Children's because of this rare heart condition. This is and will be a long journey, but we are grateful for so many things. We are grateful we knew about this condition before she was born, we are grateful we made it to 37 weeks-full term, we are grateful she is a good eater and loves to suck on her nuk, we are so grateful for all of our friends and family who are willing to help us with Alexis and Aiden, food, essentials for Autumn, and so much more.

Thank you so much for the and please pray for us. Thank you very much for your generosity. God Bless!

Latest Journal Update

2 years post transplant

Hi, everyone. On Wednesday, Autumn went in for a clinic visit at CHW. She had blood work done, an echocardiogram, and check up at the Herma Heart Center.

Her blood work came back low. It was 5 and we need it between 8-10. We have to return on Wednesday. There is no worry here, but we have to make sure we manage this because it can affect her heart. Echocardiogram looks great! And she enjoyed seeing our team!

Autumn has some big things happening in the next couple weeks. Autumn will be celebrating 2 years post transplant on February, 3rd! In honor of her heart birthday we are sharing Autumn's journey at St. Alphonsus church, in Greendale, on Tuesday, February, 3rd at 6:30. Please come and help us raise awareness and enjoy some birthday cake!

Another big event that is planned is Autumn's CATH surgery on Monday, February, 9th. During this CATH the doctor will be making sure that Autumn's heart function looks good. We will be checking the pressures of the heart and we will also be taking 3-4 pieces of the heart tissue out to check and confirm that their is no rejection going on. These CATH surgeries we will continue to happen every year. Please say some prayers for great results!

We hope everyone is doing well and we are so grateful for the continued thoughts and prayers. We hope to see you on Tuesday, February 3rd!

St. Alphonsus Church 6060 W. Loomis Rd, Greendale, 53219