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2021 Metro Chicago Heart Walk
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As a new mother, knowing your daugther was born with a congenial heart defect (atrial septal defect (ASD) - a hole in the wall (septum) between the two upper chambers of your heart (atria) and a ventricular septal defect (VSD) - a hole in the wall (septum) that separates the two lower chambers (ventricles) of the heart) and had to undergo open heart surgery at 7 weeks old makes you really sit back and analyze life a bit more. Knowing my daughter was dependent on me making the right decisions for her but also knowing that the amazing doctors at Rush University Medical Center knew what needed to be done to allow for the best outcome helped set our mind at ease. I remember the doctor saying, "well, we will just stop her heart, put her on bypass, perform the surgery, take her off bypass, and she will be good as new very shortly" made my heart sink knowing what was in store for her. The confidence of the physician and the support of the Rush staff made for a more calming experience and I needed to trust in the doctors at this point.
Last year Gabriella celebrated her 10 year anniversary of her open heart surgery. She is thriving and living life like a normal 10 year old. She does continue to have Bradycardia (a slower than normal heart rate) and a Heart Murmur (sounds — such as whooshing or swishing — made by turbulent blood in or near your heart) but is being followed by her Cardiologist.
Thanks to the amazing doctors at Rush, my daughter can continue to lead a normal, active life.
We’re walking for our health and yours. For our parents, our children and our grandchildren. Who will you walk for?
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide and stroke ranks second globally. Please join our team, RushInformationServices or donate today and help us change this statistic.
The Heart Walk is a time of celebration, joy and inspiration. People unified in support of a single goal: to see a world free of heart disease and stroke.
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