Why We Walk
For starters we want to thank everyone for taking the time to check o out team page and hopefully sponsor us. The goal of this team is help save lives of everyone born with CHD. Every little bit helps and we are very appreciative of any support we can get. It's people like you that are saving lives and keeping people like Rebecca alive!
She has had 3 heart surgeries, 1974, 1994 and 1997. She has Tetralogy of Fallot and Pulmonary atresia, and Pulmonary Hypertension.
In 1994 - 20 years later she was headed to Boston Children's Hospital. She was given a choice of having Open Heart Surgery or just remain as she was. We were told that her mortality rate was 1-2% and her life span was shortened to 10 years.
In 1997 she underwent another Open Heart surgery to repair the patch that was used. It was discovered that patch had pulled stitches and it was to close to the aorta to use a clamshell (cardioseal).
Like we said Team Rebecca's goal is to make sure the next person doesn't have to wait 20 years like she did and slowly that goal is becoming a reality. CHD is being discovered and repaired in babies before they are a year old and we love that.
Just remember every little bit helps!