True Story: A Family with “Heart”

“Heart” by Andy Warhol, 1979

I’m a little caught up in my mommy universe. I have an almost-walking toddler nearing 14 months who is totally over being spoon fed, says “thank you” for everything, has been in teething mode for the last two weeks, thinks the kitchen is the ultimate play land, and has been super cuddly lately, which we really, really love.

Even when things are kind of bad for Ollie (like the pain caused by his ginormous molars coming in), we can’t complain.

Today when I was thinking about how we all lost a little sleep last night to teething woes, I was reminded of a mommy friend who is going through legitimately tough times with her little boys right now. Suddenly, our problems seemed petty.

Both of their boys have had recent bouts with ear infections (we know that drill), her oldest will be getting tubes. In the midst of it all, they found out their youngest, who is not even a year old, has to have heart surgery for a coarctation of the aorta.

Although this congenital heart condition might sound scary, the truth is, it can be cured with surgery and symptoms quickly get better afterward. In her facebooking about the surgery, she reminded us Chicago area parents of how fortunate we are living close to Children’s Memorial, one of the nation’s premiere children’s hospitals.

Just this past Saturday, however, the family was told their baby’s heart problem is worse than the doctors originally thought. “The good news is that it can be fixed,” she wrote. “He just will need another heart surgery in about a year and a half.”

Although the news of not one, but two heart surgeries must be rough on anyone –  even with such a good prognosis – the strength this family in particular has demonstrated through it all is inspiring to all parents. Their strength will undoubtedly help their little boy bounce back. This tale also serves as a reminder that we live in such an incredible time when science and technology is improving – and saving – lives every day. Modern medicine never ceases to amaze me. We are so lucky.

Thinking of you, little C!

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4 Responses to “True Story: A Family with “Heart””


  1. 1 Dada March 1, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    True that. We are all lucky in different ways. There IS NO making sense of it. Reminds me of that movie “A Serious Man”.

    “When the truth is found to be lies and all the hope within you dies, then what? … Be a good boy.“

  2. 3 Kate March 2, 2010 at 6:28 am

    I’m planning to love it! And maybe even quote it … just like Dada. 🙂

  3. 4 Erica March 5, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Surgery No. 1 “went well and looks good!” according to the mama.


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