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Saturday, October 16, 2004

House makeover with heart

On Sunday evening, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will be taking on the home of a family with a child who had a heart transplant. I plan on watching, hopefully it will raise some awareness for congenital heart defects. I don't know what defect this little girl had, but I'm willing to bet it was HLHS. (the same defect that Chasmyn's son Quinn had) My daughter has a couple, my sister has one (actually a common combo of 4 defects) and has had 4 open heart surgeries. And my husband has had 2 kidney transplants. I was being evaluated for a heart transplant exactly 4 years ago. As you may have guessed, I'll be tuning in. With a big box of tissues.
Meet the Grinnans:

Hannah Grinnan was just 11 days old when she underwent organ transplant surgery. After months of touch-and-go circumstances, Hannah was finally released from the hospital and the Grinnans returned home. Shortly thereafter, Hannah began to reject her heart. The only way to save her was to be near a facility that could handle her emergency conditions. Loma Linda University Medical Center had the best heart center for children, so the family made the difficult decision to move to Redlands, California. At the time, their other children — Mary, 22, Bill Jr., 20, Catie, 17, Gabe, 11, Sara, eight, and seven-year-old Clare — had to take on adult responsibilities and care for each other while their parents held vigil in the hospital. No one complained though, since their unselfish help meant having one more day with Hannah. .

2 Comments:

  • At 10/19/2004 03:55:00 PM, Blogger chasmyn said…

    She did have HLHS - the baby who died did, as well. I was on a plane, I am so sad that I missed this one, because I NEVER miss an episode and this one is so close to home. YOu didn't tape it by chance, did you?

     
  • At 10/19/2004 06:06:00 PM, Blogger dawn said…

    Oh, Chasmyn....I missed it, too. I plan on asking around on my heart lists, see if anyone has a copy. I'll let you know.

     

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