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Baby Gancheff CHD updates
6/8/2017 Latest post:
Welcome to Baby Gancheff's CHD updates website. We are using this site to keep family and friends updated in one place. We found out in February that we would be welcoming our third child at the end of September. Our joy quickly turned to worry and shock as we went in for an ultrasound at 10 weeks. The ultrasound tech found a cystic hygroma (fluid behind neck) and explained possible outcomes and causes. We met with a genetic specialist that day who explained that the baby may have down's syndrome, trisomy 13, trisomy 18, a heart defect, turner's syndrome( if a girl) or that baby simply got sick. We scheduled another ultrasound to see if the fluid was less or more. Two weeks after our first ultrasound they found the fluid to almost be completely gone. Our next ultrasound was an anatomy scan to see if baby had a heart defect or not. I went in for the anatomy ultrasound and they found that the baby did indeed have a heart defect. The ultrasound doctor called the cardiologist over at Children's to confirm what they believed the baby had. The very next day I went in for a 2 hour fetal echo to confirm what the ultrasound doctor believed she saw. As it tuns out the baby has a heart defect of transposition of the great arteries (aka TGA). The two main arteries leaving the heart to the body and to the lungs are connected to the wrong ventricles. The baby will require surgery in the first week of life. And spend an additional week or two to recover. We'll keep everyone updated as much as possible. There are still so many questions we don't have answers for and will know more as baby grows bigger. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.