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My Story - Kelsey Neal
I had a cardiac arrest when I was 13 years old. My parents found me on the floor in my bedroom. At the time they did not know what happened, but they noticed that I wasn't breathing.
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Tara Stuttler, Ohio
On October 29, 2007, at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Sidney, Ohio, a new life joined our family. We named him Devin and fell in love with him instantly. Unlike when his older brother Craig was born, Devin did not want to eat and just seemed too tired. We thought it was due to the long, exhausting labor and just continued to attempt nursing here and there. The doctors, pediatricians, and nurses all thought he looked well each time they checked him.
Sallee and Austin, Pennsylvania
There is nothing scarier than to find out your 2 day old infant has 3 heart defects. My name is Sallee and my son Austin was born 5 weeks early on December 21, 2004. On December 23, 2004, Austin was taken by ambulance to Hershey Medical Center. He was diagnosed with Coarctation of the Aorta, Ventricular Septal Defect and Bicuspid Aortic Valve. On December 27th, Austin, just 6 days old, underwent his first heart surgery to fix the blockage in his aorta.
Laura Geraghty, Massachusettes
Michelle Johnston, Vermont
Isaac Landry, New Hampshire