Please visit Erick's Broken Heart
and make sure to sign the guestbook.
Also, if you could talk to everyone you know and tell them about this situation, that would be huge! Nothing can compare to word of mouth.
I've written a press release and sent it to all the journalists and reporters I know. Its included below.
Erick was born around 5:30 last night. He weighed in at 7lbs 1oz and is 19.5" long. On the outside he looks normal and healthy (not too mention cute!)
After he was born, the dr's whisked him into a sterile room and did an ultrasound on his heart. The diagnosis is that he does NOT have Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome......he has Hypoplastic RIGHT Heart Syndrome.
This doesn't change the fact that he'll need his first surgery on monday or that he'll need at least 5 surgeries before he's five. What it does change is that his left ventrical and aorta are just fine, infact, super fine. They grew very large in order to pump the blood needed.
The more Chris tells me about their adventure, the more I am amazed that little Erick made it to his birthday. After the ultrasound showed heart defects, they had to do a special test that will test for the top 5 abnormalities in a baby.
Long story short, because there were only two veins in the umbilical cord taking blood to Erick, the chances that he was going to either be 1) miscarried 2) severely mentally retarded were VERY high. So high the special needs OB/GYN wanted them to schedule a late term abortion that same day.
They said screw that and paid for the test. The results were that he 99.9% did NOT have any of the top 5 abnormalities and a 99.999% chance that his chromosomes were normal, minus the heart. There was a huge chance that the liver and the kidneys would fail, etc.
It is just simply amazing that he's here and he's healthy (besides his heart).