Kaitlyn Marie Heffner

First post: Jun 29, 2020 Latest post: Jul 1, 2021
On 2/12/2020 Cory and Lisa went in for the 20 week ultrasound. This is the ultrasound that most every parent is waiting for to learn the gender of their little baby and see all its bits and pieces. It was at this ultrasound that it was found out that Kaitlyn has Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (commonly referred to as CDH). This was the beginning of a whirlwind of specialists, appointments and information.
Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia is a condition that happens when the diaphragm doesn’t fully form and there is a hole. Due to the hole in her diaphragm her stomach and part of her intestines have moved through the hole and are now in her chest cavity.
On 3/4/20 there was a follow up appointment at Maternal Fetal Medicine and had an echo Fetal Echo done and we were told that Kaitlyn has two conditions in her heart. Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) and Coarctation of the Aorta. VSD is where there is a hole between the bottom two chambers of the heart. Coarctation of the Aorta is a narrowing in the Aorta, a large artery at the top of the heart, which limits blood moving through her body..
Each of these diagnoses will require surgeries shortly after birth and Kaitlyn will be in the NICU for care for an undetermined amount of time.

A donation to the Kaitlyn’s Gofundme is appreciated, along with prayers. To donate just go to the “Ways to Help” and scroll to GoFundMe. Donations will be used for medical bills, cost of travel to and from the hospital (daily visit), lost wages (Cory's time off will be unpaid) and other unexpected expenses.