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Team Luke's Heart
On November 14, 2014 those words forever changed us. We went in for our anatomy scan and to find out the sex of our twins. It was a very long ultrasound and a lot of pictures were taken. When the Ultrasound tech left the room, she told us it will be just a bit and the doctor would come back in to discuss the report. When we heard the words above, our hearts nearly sunk. Our baby boy was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. HLHS means that the left side of the heart isn't developed enough to supply blood flow to the body and the boyd needs the blood for oxygen to survive. Operating with half of a heart. Treatment for hypoplastic left heart syndrome requires a three step surgical procedure called staged palliation. The three steps consist of the Norwood Procedure, The Genn Operation and the Fontan Operation. the Norwood procedure is performed shortly after birth. It converts the right ventricle into the main ventricle pumping blood to both lungs and the body. The main pulmonary artery and the aorta are connected and the main pulmonary artery is cut off from the two branching pulmonary arteries that direct blood to each side of the lungs. Instead, a connection called a shunt is placed between the pulmonary arteries and the aorta to supply blood to the lungs. The period between the Norwood procedure and the Glenn operation is a very vulnerable time for infants. The Glenn operation usually happens around 3-6 months. We will continue to update you as we go through our journey and appreciate all the prayers, support and encouragement! We are scheduled to be induced April 6th! We can't wait to meet Luke and Kate!

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