Christopher Patrick was born on February 16, 2006. He was welcomed into our family as a healthy baby boy, weighing 5 1/2 pounds and measuring 19 1/2 inches in length. That evening, during a routine check, a nurse heard what sounded like a heart murmur. As a precaution, our pediatrician asked that a pediatric cardiologist listen to Christopher to determine if the sound was anything serious. We were informed that many babies are born with these abnormalities and that most of the time the heart continues to perform adequately, allowing the child to live a normal, active life. This was not the case for Christopher.
After Dr. Brumund examined Christopher, we learned that he had a congenital heart disease known as Tetralogy of Fallot. In short, he had four defects in his heart that were not allowing his body to receive adequate oxygen. We were blind sighted by this because, throughout the pregnancy, we thought we had a healthy baby. Instead, we were faced with the emotions of having to send our child to Boston to have heart surgery in four months.
As Christopher’s condition became more alarming, four months was shortened to two and our lack of sleep, anxiety, and other emotions were wearing on us. The thought that Christopher was going to have such a procedure at only two months of age brought many questions of logistics, the future, and of course, probability. We began to wonder… “Would our son make it through this surgery and if he does, will he be able to live a normal life?”. We realized that the only thing we can do is to put trust in the Lord and allow Him to guide us.
Christopher’s procedure lasted over seven hours in Boston. Our time was spent praying, only to be interrupted by a brief update of the procedure and the comfort of Christopher’s three year old brother, David. A big sigh of relief was breathed as the surgeon approached us with the greeting, “He is fine!!” Although Christopher’s stay in Boston had a few unforeseen delays, our baby’s heart would end up functioning on its own and relatively normal!
Today, Christopher is almost 5 years old and enjoys drawing, coloring, and even reading! After school, he spends time riding bikes, playing soccer, and hanging out with his brothers and friends. Although he continues to receive annual cardiology checkups, each visit encourages us that Christopher will grow up to lead a normal and healthy life!