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As you know we kicked off Jump Rope for Heart last week. What you may not know is that heart disease affects not only adults, but many children. Did you know that you actually go to school with a heart hero? Our daughter had heart murmurs that needed repair. A heart murmur, the most common type of heart problem, is a hole in your heart. Some holes may actually require surgery. Our daughter’s murmur was one of the worst that her doctors had ever heard. At just one year old and weighing 15 pounds, (the murmur affected her growth and weight gain), she had open heart surgery to repair all the holes. After her surgery, she was very swollen and had lots of tubes and wires to drain fluid, check her blood pressure, and a pacemaker. She was in the hospital for about a week and then we were able to bring her home. We were home for two weeks when she suddenly stopped breathing. I was very thankful to have had CPR and First Aid training because I was able to give her mouth to mouth and get her breathing again. She was airlifted back to UVA and treated for a blood infection. When she came home there was a PICC line in her arm for six weeks that we placed her medicine in each day.
It wasn’t until she was 6 years old that she asked why her heart wasn’t healthy like everyone else’s. I told her that she was special and that she now has the opportunity to tell her story and raise awareness about how to keep your heart healthy. Just because your heart is sick doesn’t mean you can’t be like everyone else. You just may have to work a little harder at it. Staying healthy is very important for her because even a small cold affects her heart health and takes her longer to get well than people with a healthy heart. She has had to be hospitalized with the flu because her heart can’t keep up. Seeing doctors is routine for her, and she will need to see a heart doctor for the rest of her life. Thanks to all the research being done she has a good chance to live a normal life just like everyone else. Are you wondering who this special little heart hero at FRES is? Her name is Dixie Moyers and she is in Mrs. King’s 1st grade class.
I hope that I’ve helped you learn a little more about heart problems and how you can make a difference. All the money that you are raising through Jump Rope for Heart is helping a lot of kids to have a better chance at life! You are a Heart Hero too!
Eugene, Sarah & Dixie Moyers
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