Jackson's Story

On 10/09/2008, a few hours after he was born; Jackson was diagnosed with DILV, CoA, TGA, VSD, ASD, PS, Straddling Right Atrioventricular Valve and Hypoplastic Right Ventricle. I was shocked because all of my ultrasounds were normal.

Jackson's CHOC transport team came to the rescue just in time to stabilize him and rush him to the hospital. I was discharged a few hours behind them and went home to pull myself together.

The following day I met up with my Father, Husband, and Dr.Chang (Chief of Cardiology) to go over Jackson's condition and schedule him for surgery.Our little rock star had surgery 3 days later. A coarctation repair was done and a PA band put in place by Dr.Gates; it was a total success. He recovered well but we had a hard time getting him to eat again. He was discharged 9 days post-op.

The following week we had an appointment with our Pediatric Cardiologist Dr. Renuka Peterson who is the greatest. She answered all my questions and showed a great deal of care for my little guy.

Jack did well up until New Years, at which point went back to CHOC for the Glenn and an Atrial Septectomy; another successful surgery performed by Dr.Gates. Unfortunately, a day or so post-op he developed Chylothorax so we had to stay in the hospital a little longer than last time; 11 days.

Since recovering from the Glenn Jackson has been thriving, he is now 7 months old and is 75% weight and 100% height. Dr. Peterson is still Jackson's cardiologist, I have to give her a lot of credit. I couldn't have known what to do if it wasn't for all of the valuable time she spent working with us to make sure we could make it on our own.

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Jacqueline Bates Turrey