Sumer (Dilated Cardiomyopathy) - Louisiana Pediatric Cardiology Foundation

Sumer (Dilated Cardiomyopathy)

At two months of age, Sumer had a viral myocarditis, which resulted in her having a dilated cardiomyopathy, or enlarged heart. She was in the hospital for three days when she went into cardiac arrest and had to be shocked to be brought back to life. She spent three weeks in the hospital, and went home on approximately eight different medications including steroids, which she had to take for six months. She remained on medications until she was around seven years old. Her heart was damaged from the virus and she lost 20% of her function in her left ventricle. She did fine for five years, then she had an eight hour spinal surgery for another condition called Kyphosis. The stress from the surgery, along with bronchial pneumonia, sent her back into the hospital at age 12. Before her surgery, her heart function was at 34%. Since the last hospital stay, the best function recovered was 19%. The Lord has brought her a very long way, and He has given Dr. Brumund the wisdom to know how treat her. She still has a ways to go, but with God’s help, and Dr. Brumund (who is her favorite doctor), we will make it through the hard times. I thank God for her everyday!