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Lydia was diagnosed with PAPVR when she was just 18 months old. She sees a cardiologist every year and this year they told us it was time to fix her heart.
Here is a breif explanation of her condition in Lydia's words: My heart is getting big because the red stuff is going to the right side. So when I go to my surgery they are going to put me to sleep so they can cut me open and fix everything.
Here is a more textbook definition:
(PAPVR), when one or two of the pulmonary veins returns blood to the right atrium instead of the left atrium. From there, blood flows through the left ventricle to the aorta, where it is pumped to the rest of the body.
In partial anomalous pulmonary venous return (PAPVR), one or two of the pulmonary veins returns blood to the right atrium instead of the left atrium. This causes oxygen-rich blood to flow back to the lungs instead of on to the rest of the body.