Break-it-down

I know many of you follow Carson’s story and try to wrap your head around what is going on as much as possible.

I was so lost when I first learned about his heart defect, but I have learned a lot over the past several months.

I just want to break it down for you guys. 

This is a picture of what his heart looks like now. (Other than the fact that it does not show the VSD)

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This is where his VSD should be.

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The blue wall of the heart that is circled in yellow is actually missing in Carson’s heart. The problem with that is that his blue blood (un-oxygenated) and red blood (oxygenated) are mixing.

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The VSD is an easy thing to understand. Now for the other part. 

This is where the pulmonary artery should have been (in yellow).

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So they cut the pulmonary artery, and put it here:

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Fixing his under-developed aorta.

Then they placed a shunt here:

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This shunt replaces his pulmonary artery.

When they placed the shunt, they used one that was size appropriate at the time.

Now that he is older and double his birth weight his shunt is too small and not enough blood is going to the lungs to get oxygenated, so this has made his saturations drop and that is why we are in the hospital now.

He is going to have a Glenn procedure (which I dont fully understand, yet), but when I do I will post pictures of that as well.

I hope that helps everyone understand what is going on. 

 

 

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