Courage for Conrad
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It is our family's mission to raise money for research on CHDs, research that drives medical advancements, medical advancements that saved Conrad's life.
Every 15 minutes, a baby in this country is born with a congenital heart defect, making CHDs America's most common birth defect. The Congenital Heart Walk is dedicated to raising funds to support The Children's Heart Foundation's mission: to advance the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of CHDs by funding the most promising research.
Your support will help fund research to save and improve the lives of babies born, and children and adults living, with CHDs.
We survived the scariest year of our lives!
Our first Heart Walk
January 18th, 2019
Our healthy baby boy is born
We learn the extent of Conrad's heart defects: Coarctation of the Aorta, Atrial Septal Defect, Ventricular Septal Defect. Surgery is imminent, as unbeknownst to us, he is already in heart failure(lack of energy to feed, lethargy, excessive sweating, cool to the touch, and dusky appearance)
ER and PICU Admittance
Conrad begins vomiting, becomes flaccid and unresponsive. We are transferred to St, Louis Children's Hospital via ambulance to await surgery.
Open Heart Surgery 2/6/19
Once home, we struggle to manage Conrad's pain. Feeds become a struggle and he loses weight.
1 month post-op
Conrad is diagnosed with a paralyzed vocal cord. We work tirelessly in feeding therapy, and he finally starts to gain weight.
We start to find our footing as a Heart family and a family of four.
Conrad chunks up, hits milestones, and we can finally breathe!
1st pediatrician's appointment
At 4 days old, we learn of his murmur and are referred to cardiology.
This team hasn't earned any badges yet.