Cora - born 2005
UPDATE: February 2016
UPDATE: February 2015
Cora came home with a feeding tube and we didn't realize just how big the feeding issue would be for her. We worked with her and she was doing well until she stopped after three months. A month after being home, Cora returned to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia due to a pericardial effusion. A month later, she was brought to the local hospital for borderline dehydration. Just when we thought we were settling back the following month, Cora prematurely returned to CHOP for her second operation at four months of age.
It was after the Bidirectional Glenn that we saw even more wonderful progress in Cora. She was a happy, content baby after the Norwood, but she became even more cheerful and energetic. One of the many things we admire about her is her ability to smile, sing, and play in any situation. Throughout the hospital stays and various complications, she has been an amazing little trooper.
Upon our last return home, Cora decided she didn't need her feeding tube any more. This was a miracle considering she had given up eating for weeks. Her eating continues to improve, as is her weight. Cora had two factors against her going into her first surgery: her small size and small aorta. Now at six months old she is thriving.
We are grateful to the staff at the Brunswick Hills OB/GYN office, St. Peter's University Hospital, and CHOP for giving us hope and the ability to tackle each issue as it arose. We have been overwhelmed by the selflessness of others and blessed with the invaluable support and prayers from family and friends. Other families with heart children and those involved with Little Hearts have given us immeasurable optimism and valued friendship. Cora's grandmothers helped us settle into parenthood and taught us to enjoy Cora for who really is - a happy, normal baby. We are honored to be Cora's parents, and hope we can make her as happy as she makes us.
Story by Cora's Mom and Dad, Valerie and Mark - Connecticut
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