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