heart week

Did you know that nearly 1 in 100 babies (about 1 percent or 40,000 babies) is born with a congenital heart defect in the United States each year?  Congenital heart defects are America’s and every country’s #1 birth defect. A CHD means a child is born with an abnormally structured heart and/or large vessels. Such hearts may have incomplete or missing parts, may be put together the wrong way, may have holes between chamber partitions or may have narrow or leaky valves or narrow vessels.

This week is Congenital Heart awareness week. An effort to help educate the public about Congenital Heart Defects. Participants include individuals, local support groups, national and local organizations and congenital cardiology centers throughout the world! It is a day to celebrate heart heroes and their families. A day to thank all the doctors who dedicate their lives to helping these heart patients.

My husband is a pediatric cardiac surgeon so this world comes home to ours. And it was through his work, that I had the honor to meet and photograph many heart survivors. Two years ago, I even had the opportunity to showcase a photo story for the American Heart Association.

I am amazed at the courage and strength of these families. Their stories are full of love and faith. Resilience. Perseverance. And the children just stole my heart… Here are some photos that I have captured over the years.

Happy Heart Week!!