Atley Sonnier was born on May 26, 2009 to Dusty and Heather Sonnier. He was born with Tetralogy of Fallot, a 4 part congenital heart defect. The main concern was an obstruction of flow through the pulmonary value causing oxygen-poor blood to be distributed through the body (commonly called Blue Baby Syndrome). We praise God that he didn’t have any other physical problems that are commonly associated with this heart defect!
At 2 weeks old in New Orleans Children’s Hospital, Atley received a shunt to increase oxygen-rich blood flow. Later at 9 months of age, he had open heart surgery to do a full repair.
Today, he is a healthy little boy who enjoys playing with his big brother, playing baseball, working in the yard with Dad, and helping Mom cook. We are so thankful to the Lord for being by our side through all of this and for blessing our family!
Since our family has dealt personally with a Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) in our son Atley, we have realized the great need for donations and for more research in this field. I know that the work the doctors did to repair his CHD was due to the donations and subsequent research that was done in the years before he was born. We are so blessed to have had wonderful doctors at Children's Hospital New Orleans and God (The Great Physician) to bring this healing to Atley. We plan to participate in our local Heart Walk and to give our time and support to the American Heart Association.