May 28, 2012
Why they whisked me away
I heard mommy and daddy talking with one of my doctors, he is the cool man
with red hi‐top tennis shoes. His name is Dr. Wommack,
and he was telling my mommy and daddy that I would
need to have surgery soon and that my life was dependent on this surgery. I
would gradually breathe harder and harder until my surgery. I heard my
daddy say "We will do anything and everything to give Joseph a good life."
Mommy readily agreed! This is what he explained to them. Joseph has
Truncus arteriosus and possibly a bad valve as well. Further tests and scans
of the heart would tell them more.
Truncus arteriosus (TRUNG‐kus ahr‐teer‐e‐O‐sus), or persistent truncus
arteriosus, is a rare heart defect that's present at birth (congenital). If your
baby has truncus arteriosus, one large vessel, instead of two separate vessels,
leads out of the heart. Also, the two lower chambers of the heart are missing a
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