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Meet Rosella and click HERE to learn more about how supporting her twin daughters' interest in running saved her life. She is passionate in helping other stroke, brain injury and heart survivors through her volunteer work. She is proud to be a "Stroke Survivor" and help other people so they do not feel they have to hide their challenges like she once did.
When five-year-old Aubree Spence was three weeks old, she had open heart surgery to repair two congenital heart defects, Truncus Arteriosus with a Ventricular Septal Defect. For Aubree, Truncus Arteriosus meant that the single large blood vessel in her heart had failed to divide during development, leaving Aubree’s heart with one artery carrying blood out of it. The Ventricular Septal Defect is a hole in the wall separating the two chambers of the heart.
Aubree had gone into congestive heart failure just before the surgery, and for two weeks after the surgery, she was in third-degree heart block, an electrical problem. She came out of it, and has only first-degree heart block, which meant no pacemaker for her. She will need future surgeries, but for now, Aubree is a happy little girl who loves to sing, dance and perform. On Wear Red Day in 2020, all of Aubree’s school gathered in the gym to honor her. Read Aubree’s full story here.
We all know that 1 in 100 children is born with a congenital heart defect. Click Here to meet some of the Capital Region Cardiac Kids, who make that 1 in 100 much more than just a statistic. The Cardiac Kids are a big part of why we walk.