Lillian Reed Jackson
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Children's of Alabama sure did comfort and support us before, during and after Lillian's open heart surgery.
Sweet girl was born on November 17, 2015. After hearing an awfully strong heart murmur, we were told Lillian had a Congenital Heart Defect known as Tetralogy of Fallot. This required her to have an open heart surgery on March 10, 2016, at 4 months old. Talk about scary! After lots of worrying, crying and crazy thoughts we knew there wasn't much for us to do but pray. Pray for her little body to stay well as surgery approached, during surgery and during her recovery, pray for the nurses and doctors that would be caring for her before, during and after surgery and just pray because we were so very thankful God gave us such a little sweetheart, a little sweetheart with a broken little heart. So that's what we did. Lillian's surgery went better than expected and we are so very thankful to have had such a wonderful place like Children's of Alabama. Dr. Dabal, Lillian's heart surgeon, and his staff were amazing. We stayed in the hospital with Lillian for 6 days and were ready to bring her home to her big sisters. The staff at Children's provided us with everything we needed and more. Most of all they took such great care of our sweet baby girl. They loved her like she was their own. They monitored her every need. Standing there watching your baby being taken back to have her chest opened and her heart operated on is an indescribable feeling. A feeling you never imagine you would feel. The nurses and doctors take such pride in their job and love what they do and this eased our awful feeling.
Lillian will be 15 months on February 17th and she is just perfect. She has a beautiful scar to show what a little warrior she is and how her little broken heart is now fixed! The doctors do not anticipate future surgeries, but we still have visits to Dr. Romp, her Pediatric Cardiologist, to monitor her progress. If anything, Lillian would maybe need a small procedure in the future but nothing near as invasive as her previous open heart surgery. We are all so glad we have this behind us and even more glad that everything turned out so well. Sweet girl has no clue of what she has even been through...boy do we have a big story to tell her one day when she is older!
Please help me in supporting Children's of Alabama as they supported us in such a time of need. Your donation will help children and their families receive all of the care needed for whatever type of Congenital Heart Defect they may be diagnosed with. It's hard to believe that 1 in 100 babies are born with a Congenital Heart Defect-CHD. Let's help spread the awareness this month of February...heart month!