23 August 2008

Heart Update

Vera saw the cardiologist yesterday. Her PDA has fully closed! It's a miracle, isn't it? It was a large one at birth, became a small one at 3 months and now fully closed at 6 months.

This little girl is a fighter with a heart that wants to beat on.

However, our joy was tempered by some not so good news. Vera's blood pressure is higher than normal for babies. They took it once when she was crying and it was close to the levels of an adult. I've read that hypertension is one of the issues for T18 children, and medication must be taken to control it. It can also be a sign of problems with the kidney (renal function).

We're going for ultrasound scans for her kidney next week, before the doctors decide on further course of action. Fingers crossed!