Monday, July 20, 2009

The Heart of the Matter

* American Heart Association

Here are a few facts about congenital heart defects, ventricular septal defects, and Caroline's upcoming surgery:

  • Approximately 1 in 100 babies are born with a congenital heart defect.
  • Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) is the most common type of heart defect.
  • Many VSDs close on their own and do not require surgery. However, if the hole is large, surgery is usually recommended in the first year of life.
  • Caroline's VSD measures about 11 mm at its largest point (this is a large VSD).
  • At the present, closing a VSD of Caroline's size requires open heart surgery.
  • VSD closure is one of the most commonly performed open heart surgeries done on infants.
  • The surgery has a very high success rate.
  • Children are expected to have a very healthy and normal life span following a successful VSD closure.

If you are interested in learning more about VSDs or Seattle Children's Heart Center, check out the following websites:

Thanks for your ongoing love and support during this difficult time, but as you can see, we have many reasons to believe that Caroline is going to come through this just fine. She is a tough little girl and has already taught us so much about what it means to live.


Leslie, Mike, and Caroline


  1. Thanks for sharing. I am anxious to see more updates. You guys are all in our prayers!!

  2. What a wonderful blog you've got here. I love seeing the pictures of Caroline and look forward to seeing more and more of her healthy and strong!


  3. Little Miss Caroline is so incredibly cute!!! I love the blog's main picture of her in her hat.

    Thanks for keeping us all in the loop with this. I am subscribing so that I always know when you post an update.

    A big hug to you three!

  4. caroline is so beautiful ... and so big! i love seeing these great pics of her and you. she looks like she's ready to take on that surgery. we'll be praying faithfully with you as the big day approaches. love, jess

  5. Sweet Caroline indeed!! Look at that darling little girl!! I've been thinking of you all SO much lately and will continue to send my good thoughts and prayers your way especially in the upcoming weeks.
    Take Care Friends!

  6. What a sweet, tough little girl. thanks for the update. I can't wait to meet her in the coming months.