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April Turner, Louisiana

I was born with three heart defects - ASD, VSD and PDA.  At age 6 I had open heart surgery in 1991 followed by heart surgery in 2005, with numerous heart caths along the way.  Today, the PDA remains to be repaired.

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Some doctors said I wouldn’t graduate high school.  But I didn't let that expectation stop me.  I graduated from college in business of music and I'm now is in school to be a Surgical Tech.  During the 2013 state legislative session, I will actively support legislation to require pulse oximetry as part of Louisiana’s newborn screening panel to detect congenital heart defects.

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