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Kailey's Story

patient kailey jan 2011

Kimberly didn’t know what to think when midway through her pregnancy she was told her ultrasound looked abnormal. She came to SickKids for a fetal echocardiogram and learned that her soon-to-be-born daughter, Kailey, had an Atrial Septal Defect (ASD). ASD is a hole in the wall that divides the upper chambers of the heart. This causes the right side of the heart to work harder, since more blood than necessary is flowing through it to the lungs. 

Describing the moment she received the news, Kimberely said, “When they told me my daughter had a hole in her heart, SickKids kept mine from breaking.” 

On May 19, Kimberely went into labour. Another echocardiogram was performed and Kailey was deemed stable enough to go home. In July, doctors decided Kailey could not wait any longer and was booked for open-heart surgery. She was only three months old at the time of her surgery. 

It was during surgery that doctors noticed that in addition to her ASD there was a Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) and a Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA). VSD is an opening in the wall between the two lower chambers of the heart, which causes blood to leak from the left side. PDA takes place when the opening between the two large blood vessels leading out of the heart to the body and lungs doesn’t close after birth, which can lead to congestive heart failure. 

Luckily Kailey does not require a pacemaker and no additional surgeries have been required. Her doctors were able to correct her problems, and Kailey continues to thrive as a healthy and happy baby. Kailey’s family is extremely grateful for the treatment and support they received while at SickKids. They continue to monitor Kailey’s health, and look forward to their future together as a family.


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