Thursday, September 18, 2008


This is my friend Kira and her baby, Ross. I met Kira about a year ago at our first Hearts of Hope support group meeting. She was pregnant with baby Ross and had just found out three days before our meeting that her precious baby would be born with a serious heart defect. She was still in shock and my heart broke for her, because I knew all that she was facing, and she didn't know yet what was in store for her.

Well, it turns out that none of us knew what was in store for her. Kira was born with her own congenital heart defect and had surgery as a baby and at 7 years old. She was told to live a normal life, that she would not have any future problems with her heart, that her kids would be fine, that pregnancy would not affect her heart. Baby Ross saved her life because had it not been for his heart defect, doctors may not have monitored Kira's heart. And after delivery she developed an aortic aneurysm. Baby Ross had his Glenn procedure at Stanford in July and Kira had her baseball-sized aneurysm removed on Sept. 5 at the same hospital. After surgery she had a massive stroke. She has recovered enough from her surgery to be moved to an acute rehabilitation facility here in Sacramento. She has a lot of work ahead of her to strengthen her right side and regain her speech.

Please keep Kira and her family in your prayers. I know that they would love it if you left them an encouraging message on Kira's blog.


The Portas said...

This breaks my heart, but in the same way is such a touching story. Thanks for sharing this. We will definitely keep them in our prayers..xoxox

kritiostodd said...

Well, I happen to know that there are some great speech therapists at "an acute rehabilitation facility here in Sacramento", and they will do their best for Kira!

Jennifer Herring said...

Wow! I will definitely keep her and her family in my prayers! Thank you for sharing.