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Ava Ariela Brown was diagnosed with a heart defect at about 24 weeks. The normal blood flow to her lungs (via the pulmonary artery) never opened to allow the blood flow. The lungs are currently getting blood through a small artery coming off of the aorta filling the pulmonary artery, this small artery is not meant to remain open past about 2 weeks out of the womb. Within the first week after birth, Ava will need surgery to give her a permanent artificial artery diverting blood from the aorta to the pulmonary artery. She will be in the hospital for about one month after the surgery. At about 6 months, she will need to have another surgery to help improve blood flow from the body into the heart and then she will need another surgery as a toddler.
The heart defect was found when Katie was diagnosed with Type II diabetes. Katie's blood sugars have been able to be well managed, but have increased the risk involved with the pregnancy as well.
Both Katie and Ava are doing well. The family will head to Denver the week of December 11th to be close to the Children's Hospital when Ava is ready to be born. Katie will be induced or will have a c-section sometime between December 21st and December 28th.