Congenital heart defects are abnormalities in the heart's structure that are present at birth. Approximately 1 out of every 85 newborns have congenital heart defects, ranging from mild to severe. Congenital heart defects happen because of incomplete or abnormal development of the fetus' heart during the very early weeks of pregnancy. Some are known to be associated with genetic disorders, such as Down syndrome, but the cause of most congenital heart defects is unknown. While they can't be prevented, there are many treatments for the defects and any related health problems.
Austin's Open Heart
Williams syndrome is a rare genetic condition (estimated to occur in 1/7,500 births). The majority of individuals with Williams syndrome have some type of heart or blood vessel problem. Typically, there is narrowing in the aorta (producing supravalvular aortic stenos is SVAS), or narrowing in the pulmonary arteries.
Austin and Aubrey were both born with Congenital Heart Defects. Austin has had 1 open heart, and Aubrey has had 6 surgeries total and another one in May. The kids were diagnosed with Williams "Like" Syndrome. Austin was born July 30, 2005 with Pulmonary Artery Stenosis and later developed Severe Supravalvar Aortic Stenosis. Aubrey was born on December 14, 2007 with Severe Pulmonary Artery Stenosis, Severe Supravalvar Aortic Stenosis, developed a Severe Coactation. She has 3 stents in her Pulmonaries. But despite everything they have been through, they are normal little stinkers!!! I created this blog to share their journey's with you.