Baby Boy "Buster" Shaw is due on May 18, 2017. At a routine 18 week ultrasound (Dec 19) and subsequent cardio echograms, it was discovered that Buster had a complex Congenital Heart Defect (CHD), which essentially means that he had multiple heart defects that do not allow his heart to pump efficiently or effectively. His official diagnosis (received on Dec 27) is L-Transposition of the Great Arteries with Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD), Pulmonary Atresia, and a Tricuspid Valve Abnormality.
This essentially means that the ventricles ("Great Arteries") of Buster's heart are reversed with the Left pumping blood to the lungs and the Right pumping blood to the body (the right ventricle is typically smaller and not as strong). The VSD (hole) between his two ventricles means that his heart is, effectively, a single ventricle heart without two separate and distinct lower chambers. Lastly and most important at first, his pulmonary artery is missing its connector valve (aka "pulmonary atresia"). Within a week of birth, he will require a life-saving surgery to install a shunt that connects his ventricle to his pulmonary valve to allow blood to flow more normally to the lungs. He will require at least two more surgeries during his life, one between ages 4-6 months, and another around age 2. He may also require a pacemaker and ultimately, a heart transplant later in life, but both of those procedures remain to be seen (and will not be the immediate focus for his cardiologists).
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