We are celebrating tonight and rejoicing in what the Lord has done! Thank you all so much for praying!
Dr. Weber took one look at the screen and said, “A complete AV Canal Defect.” Verity has moderately-sized holes in both her atrial septum and ventricular septum, and she has one valve going across her whole heart instead of having a mitral valve and tricuspid valve.
He spent the rest of the time examining every part of her heart in detail. The rest of her heart is perfect except for one small additional hole in the ventricular septum. There is no enlargement or underdevelopment; there are no obstructions or other abnormalities. The rate of blood flow through her heart is perfect. We have been praying for her heart to be strong!
He said that based on what he saw, he had no hesitation giving approval for her delivery at the local hospital rather than at the tertiary care center! This in itself is a mercy of the Lord, as it is much closer to home and will be a much more reasonable cost!
She will need an echocardiogram after she is born before she is discharged from the hospital. At that time, in addition to examining her AV Canal in more detail, they will look for a PDA, or Patent Ductus Arteriosis. Verity has several risk factors for developing this condition, including being female, having Down syndrome, and having a congenital heart defect.
From what he could see, and if she continues to do well, we should be able to take her home from the hospital as usual, with instructions on what to watch for. He recommended that we have her seen at a pediatric heart clinic a week or so after we take her home. She shouldn’t need her open heart surgery until she is a few months old. He described the surgery she will need as “straightforward,” and said that they have performed many of these surgeries with great success.
As if all this good news wasn’t enough, God threw in a little unexpected fun! She started out head down, but was very wiggly. The tech kept pushing at her from one side to nudge her into a better position. She responded by turning transverse so that her feet were aimed at the tech, and spent the rest of the scan kicking back at the tech like a spunky girl!
At the end, the tech turned the scan to 3D and took three pictures for us to keep, all three taken within the space of one minute. Within that short period of time, Verity smiled!
If you can look past the bumpy and lumpy “claymation effect” that all 3D ultrasounds have, you will see what we saw~