Sunday, May 21, 2006

Basic, but somehow little-known facts about congenital heart defects:Congenital Heart Defects exist all around us. Chances are you've seen several (in the supermarket, at the mall) and didn't even know it. No one knows what causes CHDs, there is no known way to prevent them, and though they can in many cases be repaired, they cannot be cured. There are certain risk factors such as gestational diabetes, Rubella (during pregnancy) cocaine use, alcohol use, or the use of certain prescriptions such as acutane and anti-seizure medications, in 85 to 90 percent of the cases, however, there is no identifiable reason as to why the heart defect occurred.

Only through research can there be answers, only through funding can there be the necessary research, and only through awareness can the funding be found.
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Donovan "Nova" LeClair

Monroe, North Carolina
Nova was our second child to be born with congenital heart defects. We lost our daughter at 12 days after open heart surgery in 2001. Nova was born 12/2/05, with Pulmonary Atresia with VSD. He lived 6 weeks after surgery, and passed away on April 6th, 2006. This blog is his story, and the on-going story of how our family is dealing with the loss of our beautiful boy.
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