Ok, so that’s a given, I know. But when I delivered my first child, everything was perfectly fine, until she was delivered.
My little Shelby was pink and healthy in a few spots, but mostly, she was blue. She was blue from a lack of oxygen being pumped through her body.
The baby nurse in the room later told me my face went white and she watched me go into shock when the NICU team raced in as fast as they could and took my newborn even quicker. I was able to kiss her forehead as they rushed her past me, barely being able to study the mohawk of curls crowning her head before I delivered the placenta.
My little Shelby was born with a heart defect called CoArctation Of The Aorta…or a CoArc for short. It took the pediatric cardiologist at least a full day to figure out what was going on with my little curly top. He had even said to me,
“We’re not sure she’s going to make it.”
Yes. Those words were said to me. Thank God I was still in shock.
At 8 days old, my daughter, Shelby had heart surgery at Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles. She came out of surgery alive.
Absolutely alive. The life was in her eyes. She was looking around, kicking arms and legs and had filled out…but what I noticed most, was that she was pink, all over. No more blue.
The Children’s Hospitals in our country are specialized places for our wee one’s. Without these medical facilities dedicated to our children, well, the world might be missing my eldest daughter right now.
She’s 8. She’s beautiful and although she’ll have a cardiologist forever, she’s pink an healthy.
The CHOC Walk happens this Sunday morning at Disneyland…. what a combination!
For all the information on how you can participate in this walk…or donate online, visit their website, HERE…
No one needs to tell me that Disneyland is the Most Magical Place On Earth…I already know and can’t wait to be part of the CHOC Walk!