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Darcy Wasson’s Story

Congenital Heart Disease Survivor, Age 34, Wichita, KS

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Darcy's Story

I was diagnosed with Congenital Heart Disease in 2012, I was 31.  I had gone in for a routine checkup with my family physician. She had questioned me about my heart murmur, which I had known about since I was 12, asking when the last time I had it checked out. Quite frankly, I hadn’t ever really had it “checked out”. I was just told I would grow out of it and never really worried about it again. I was then referred to a Cardiologist to have an Echo done of my heart. I still remember the look on his face. I received a call the next morning from the office. I met with them within a few days. They had discovered that I had ASD (Atrial Septal Defect) and VSD (Ventricle Septal Defect. Apparently they were not use to seeing these defects simultaneously. But that wasn’t it. My heart was roughly 3 times the size it should have been. My heart wasn’t about to pump blood correctly so it was holding on to a lot. Then there was a few minor things that they needed to do like repair my mitral valve, repair some holes in the wall of my heart and correct the murmur. It was just a few short months later that I underwent Open Heart Surgery. March 27th 2013, a day I consider to be my HEART DAY. God was looking out for me. He pointed us towards an amazing hospital, St Luke’s in Kansas City, Ks. Within 4 days I was back home with my husband and my 2 boys. This has really been an eye opener for me. My outlook of life has changed dramatically. I am incredibly blessed. Each morning I am so happy to be alive have another day to put a smile on someone’s face.

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