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My Story

Shelby was born on March 20th, 2007 at 11:39am. A little over 24hrs she turned blue in the face and I paged a nurse. Thank God we hadn't left the hospital yet. She was taken to the NICU at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and flown to UNC Chapel Hill that same day. We were told that she was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.

While in the NICU she was placed on a venilator. She was taken off it on Sunday March 24th and I got to hold her for the very first time since March 21st. On Friday March 30th, Dr. Mills, Pediatric Cardiologist, preformed her first open heart surgery call the Norwood Procedure. He was so impressed with how her body handled the surgery, he went ahead and closed her chest. Later that night Shelby's heart began to swell, her blood preassure dropped, and her heart raced so he was called back in to re-open her chest.The angels watched over her that night. On Monday April 9th, she was moved out of the Pediatric ICU to the Childrens Intermediate Cardiac Care Unit. On Friday March 13th, we noticed that Shelby was turning yellow. It took 2 days of me complaing for them to test her billy rubin (sp?). On Tuesday the 17th, she was diagnosed with another rare condition called a choleductal cyst. It is a cyst between her liver and gallbladder. She also had an obstruction inthe bile duct right before it emptied into her intestines. A drainage tube was placed to drain the bile out of her body. She will have surgery to remove her gallbladder and the cyst on June 21st, 2007. The doctors didn't want to chance another surgery so close to her last heart surgery. On Wednesday March 25th, I got to feed Shelby for the first time ever with a bottle. Finally, on Wednesday March 2nd Shelby was discharged and got to come home for her very first time ever.

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This year has been a hard one on this family, but this day before Thanksgiving all I can think of are the things that I am thankful for. I am thankful that our family is ... Read more

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This year has been a hard one on this family, but this day before Thanksgiving all I can think of are the things that I am thankful for. I am thankful that our family is ... Read more

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So I met with Ashley Miller from the local Chapter of the American Heart Association on Tuesday and she wants Shelby for another event she is planning. On February 12th ... Read more

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Shelby participated in her second Start! Cape Fear Heart Walk for the American Heart Association this past Saturday, October 16, 2010. We created a group called CHD Kids ... Read more

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ShelbyGod decided to craft a child and give her a special heart.Once on Earth her struggles started and God asked us of our part.Many tears we cried for the want to spare ... Read more

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Shelby decided to spice things up a little bit this week...but no fear...everything is OK. Last Tuesday night Shelby was playing with Brianna and Katie in there room. They ... Read more

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Hello everyone!! Our little Shelby isn't so little anymore! She just turned 3 years old on the 20th of March....going on 16 might I add. She definatley doesn't know that ... Read more

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Hello everyone. Sorry it's taken so long to give an update but we're finally home!!!! We were discharged on Monday afternoon and are trying to get back into our routine. ... Read more

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It's been a few days since I've given an update and I got a few mins away from Shelby so I decided that I should let everyone know how things are going. The day after ... Read more

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Hello everybody!! Today has been a good day so far. Dr. Stewart came to see her this morning and decided to pull her other chest tube below her incision. Oh! I for got to ... Read more

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Shelby is doing better little by little but she does love to take her sweet time. She threw a fit when we went to leave at 12:30 last night (well this morning)so her night ... Read more

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