Monday, July 26, 2010

What is Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome?

Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) is a congenital heart defect that is seen in 1 in every 100,000 births. A mother that has a baby with HLHS stands a chance of 1 in every 1,000 births that her next baby will have HLHS. Having multiple children with HLHS is uncommon, but it has happened. HLHS is a heart condition which impacts the left side of the heart. The left side doesn't develop correctly and causes the right side to work overtime.
In Wyatt's case, his left side didn't develop correctly, he has several issues with valves and such, and his left side was taking on blood but not releasing it. This caused the right side of his heart to shrink in size and hardly work. Since Wyatt's heart was barely working, he began to develop Hydrops.
Hydrops was the piece that the doctors were most concerned about. Hydrops causes the baby to take on fluid and Wyatt had already built up fluid in his lungs, spleen, abdomen, and slightly in his head.
After receiving the autopsy results from our Cardiologist, it was a miracle that Wyatt lived as long as he did. Wyatt basically had a heart that struggled to beat each time it did.
Why things like this happen, I will never know. But my baby is now an angel and he will no longer suffer, for this I am happy.

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