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Molly Jo Einck was born on February 13th at 4:53am. Weighing in at 7lbs 3oz and 19.7in long. Molly was born with a congenital heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). In babies with HLHS, the left side of the heart is underdeveloped and cannot pump enough blood to meet the body's needs.
On November 1st, 2016 we had a route ultrasound at 25weeks. A few days later, I received a phone call from my primary physician stating the physician in Sioux Falls saw some concerning things with the baby’s heart and would like us to have another ultrasound in Sioux Falls. We went to Sioux Falls on election day (Nov 8). After a very long and in depth ultrasound, they discovered Molly most likely had Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). A week later we were back in Sioux Falls for a fetal echo. It was confirmed that Molly has HLHS.
We were referred to C.S. Mott’s Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI for delivery and surgeries. Treatment usually consists of three heart operations done during the first two years of life. The goal of these operations is to rebuild the heart so that the right side can be used to pump blood out to the body. The first stage usually consists of a Norwood operation, which is done during the first two weeks of life. The Hemi-Fontan Procedure is done when Molly is about four to six months old, and the Fontan Procedure is done when she is about two years old.