Jocelyn Karen’s Story
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As most of you know Jocelyn was born with several congenital heart defects known as Double Outlet Right Ventricle with a Shones variant. After she was born, she did great but her conditions warranted a series of surgeries to adapt her to her defects. The first surgery was a BT shunt performed May 2008. She did wonderfully after that that surgery but it was time for the second surgery, the Bidirectional Glenn. Jocelyn had this surgery May 13th and the surgery itself went well, however she had some issues coming off heart-lung bypass and had to go on ECMO. Jocelyn continued to have depressed heart function with moments of improvement but not enough to take her off ECMO. Her physicians at OU Childrens decided it would be best to move her to Arkansas Childrens Hospital in Little Rock because they were able to provide more options for her, primarily possible heart transplant.
Jocelyn received her new heart June 12, 2009. Overall, she was on ECMO 6 days, off for 7 days, on for 16 days, and on again for 2 days after transplant.