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portion of the wall dividing them. As a result of truncus arteriosus, oxygen‐

poor blood that should go to the lungs and oxygen‐rich blood that should go 

to the rest of the body are mixed together. This creates severe circulatory 


If left untreated, truncus arteriosus is usually fatal. Surgery to repair the heart 

and blood vessels is generally successful, especially if the repair occurs before 

your baby is 2 months old. Attentively, Dr. Reddy, Joseph's Surgeon stated 

usually they prefer to do these surgeries within the first week of Birth.  Since, 

the replaced parts of the heart do not grow, further surgeries will be 

necessary.  Usually when the child is 2‐3 years old and if no complications 

arise will bring them to early teen years.  After this, another open heart 

surgery will bring the child to young adulthood and older.

He would contact Stanford Children's hospital and do his best to get a quick 

date for this emergency surgery.  It was Christmas and New Years so most 

likely many of the surgeons and their teams would be home for the holdays.  

They talked amongst themselves for a long time.  My first time to see this new 

world and I have to spend it away from mommy and daddy.  Mommy did 

come and visit me every few hours to try and feed me and daddy took care of 

my older brother so they went home in the evenings.  Poor Mommy, After a 

good sleep and all that work I was sure hungry and I didn't give her too much 

time to rest.  Daddy would try to let her rest when he could.

So many things went through mommy and daddys mind at this time.  How 

could this happen. Why to their son. Will I survive?  Am I strong enough to 

handle open heart surgery. Work, what will they say? How will they get to