Her brave Mom, Amy, shares her story.
“From the moment I heard the word “unfortunately” from the obgyn during our 1st ultrasound when I was about 10 weeks pregnant with our 3rd child, my heart sank with the fear of the unknown. At first the Doctors thought our baby might have a genetic issue due to some high numbers that came back on the early screening ultrasound, which for any parent is devastating to hear that your baby might not be healthy. After a lot of prayer and some testing, we ruled out any major genetic issues, however at our full body ultrasound of the baby just a couple weeks later, I knew something was wrong with the baby’s heart when they spent a good 20 minutes on the heart alone. And sure enough, my mother’s intuition was sadly on point. Our baby had a congenital heart defect. At first the Doctors thought it was much more severe, however after a lot of prayer & asking God to heal her heart, with each fetal echo they did the diagnosis improved. Our baby girl still had a heart defect, but it wasn’t as severe as they initially thought. I tried to take each little piece of good news and be thankful for that and just take one day at a time to enjoy my pregnancy.
Fast forward to Feb 25, 2014 the day our amazing Isabelle was born. The Doctors said from the 1st breath she took, they were pleasantly surprised at how much better her heart was than what they had anticipated. While she still did need open heart surgery at just three days old and handing her over to the team of Doctors right outside the Operating Room was the single most difficult moment of my life, our little Isabelle again continued to amaze the Doctors at her speedy recovery. She was such a strong little baby that we were able to bring her home just one week from her heart surgery! She really is our little rock star! I am so thankful to God that He blessed us with her and that He answered ours and so many of our dear friends and families’ prayers. Isabelle will need another open heart surgery between three and nine months old, so we still have a journey ahead with her, but with God’s grace and continued prayers and support from so many, I know she will continue to amaze us all with her strength and her fight to heal quickly! We love her to pieces and are so lucky and blessed that she is ours!