In April 2005 we went to our 20-week ultrasound appointment to discover the gender of our third baby. With one of each already, it didnít matter to us whether it was a boy or a girl, as long as we had another healthy baby. We found out we were having a boy but then the joy of the pregnancy came to a screeching halt Turns out, our baby boy would be born with a broken heart.
Bryce was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart syndrome which meant that the left side of his heart was underdeveloped. This is one of the most complex and most life threatening of all congenital heart defects. It was determined that Bryce would undergo a series of three open heart surgeries that would allow him to live with only the right side of his heart. We chose this option because we knew it would give our son the best possible chance at life. We also knew every surgery would be a great risk. The first one would offer a 70 percent chance of survival.
I found myself daydreaming more about Bryceís funeral than what his nursery would look like. But soon, I found a support group and began to hope that our son might survive.
Bryce Andrew Bolen was born on August 21, 2005. He looked like a normal healthy baby boy when he was born. I got to hold him for less than a minute, before he was whisked away by the NICU nurses. Read more...
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