Team Teighan14 Members
Why We Walk
2022 Huntington Heart Walk
On the morning of October 14, 2013, our first grandchild, Ms. Teighan Sophia Garrett entered this world a full three weeks ahead of her due date. Weighing in at 5 pounds, 13 ounces, she was tiny, but to all appearances, perfect, except for slight jaundice and what seemed initially like a slight heart murmur. While we were assured that neither is unusual or dangerous, out of an abundance of caution, she was placed in the NICU at Cabell Huntington Hospital. Due to the diligence and compassion of Dr. Jack Stines, Pediatric Cardiologist, it was soon discovered through an echocardiogram that the "minor" murmur was something more serious and he recommended she be seen in a larger, more specialized medical facility. At 3 days old, Teighan was whisked via helicopter to Cincinnati Children's Hospital, chosen because of its proximity, its prominence as one of the nation's premier pediatric cardiology units, and the fact that we have family in Cincinnati. There she was assessed by Dr. Robert Beekman and diagnosed with aortic stenosis, a narrowing of the aortic valve, impeding delivery of blood from the heart to the body, caused by congenital bicuspid aortic valve. On her 5th day, Teighan underwent balloon dilation valvuloplasty through cardiac catheterization via her umbilical artery, thus sparing her from open heart surgery. After a two-week stay in the CCH NICU, with her mama with her the entire time, Teighan was released to the care of Dr. Stines in Huntington, with further follow-up at CCH unnecessary for now. Continued monitoring has concluded that while the condition persists, she is doing quite well and is living the normal, active life of a now-8-year-old. She is an outstanding second grade student, reading at the third grade level. She enjoys tennis lessons, aerobic and hip hop dance, and tormenting her 6-year-old brother. On any given day, you will find her performing one-handed cartwheels rather than walking, and dreaming of being a vet or a contestant on America's Got Talent. Without the research conducted from the funds raised by the American Heart Association and her excellent medical treatment, much of this would not be possible, cerrtainly not the procedures that even 10 years ago would have had to be resolved with open heart surgery. It is our fervent hope that should valve replacement be required in her future, it can be done through catheterization, a procedure designed through progressive medical research with funding from the AHA. Teighan's future is bright and full of promise. We couldn't be more grateful to the AHA and the donors who sustain this fine organization, both for Teighan's ongoing condition and for the lives of family members who either currently suffer from or have succumbed to heart disease or stroke.
Have a heart and help our team reach our goal! Every dollar counts, but for those donating a minimum of $40 (or $65 for two walkers from the same household), you will each receive a special tie-dyed shirt in Teighan's favorite colors to wear with us as we walk on April 23rd. Please email your size in a cotton unisex t-shirt to firstname.lastname@example.org, but please be quick as our shirt order has to be submitted by March 31st due to supply chain delivery isses. Your ENTIRE donation goes directly to the AHA and us tax-deductible. Please give from your heart and come join us as we walk to mend broken hearts! We are beyond thankful for all our support.