SEPTEMBER 16, 2018 - Victory Report
At Harper’s two-month well child check-up, her pediatrician heard abnormalities in her heart. She referred us to a cardiologist at OU Children’s. We took our two-month old baby into the echocardiogram thinking they would find a basic heart murmur that was so common in newborn babies. The technician concluded the test and excused herself from the room. When she returned, the head of pediatric cardiology at the Children’s Hospital followed behind her. He began to tell us that Harper had two murmurs that were typical like we suspected. But then he went on to say, she also had a congenital heart defect called Pulmonary Stenosis, which was far less common. Essentially, her pulmonary valve was too thick and not passing enough blood to her lungs. He said we would never see symptoms of the condition until it was incredibly severe, and her level of severity was a step below severe. He assured us he wouldn’t let her get that far, but that we should prepare ourselves for her surgical options. He advised that our next step would be a heart cathto expand the pulmonary valve. He said that if that didn’t work we would then do a valve replacement, which is an open-heart surgery. He was clear that she would have a cardiologist throughout her life, and valve replacements may happen multiple times as she aged. He recommended she come back at 6 months for us to reassess and decide what course of action we would take.
But we prayed. Every night before bed we would pray God touch Harper’s heart. We would take her for prayer at church, and we asked friends, family, and church family to pray for a complete healing of Harper’s heart.
On Thursday, we went back for her six-month cardiology follow up. Harper underwent multiple tests and exams. The same cardiologist who had advised of our surgical options came back to meet with us. He began to describe the results of her tests. He started with the two holes were completely closed. There was no sign of them at all. He then went on to say that the tests showed her defect was so “trivial” that it had no effect on her whatsoever. Her valve was working normally, and her lungs were receiving plenty of blood. Surgery was no longer necessary. He said to treat her like a child without a heart defect because she was functioning like a child without a defect. He said he would see her again when she was three years old, but that would likely be her last cardiologist appointment.
To God be the glory!