Then when we start discussing Hailey, she confirmed that Hailey does need surgery to close her PDA. The heart ultra sound showed blood flow threw the PDA to the lungs, which might be what's causing her to sound congested. Then came the real shocking news... it wasn't just the PDA that was making her heart murmur sound so long... She also had narrowing of the pulmonary valve... Hailey my "healthy" daughter... Completely shocked. The pediatrician told me what she knew and said we would need to be seen by a cardiologist again and on a regular basis. The ultra sound showed that the walls were thickening which was causing the valve to narrow..She said that Hailey probably wouldn't need surgery until she was an adult. They are also concerned that Hailey isn't growing because of her heart. She's on the 3rd percential for heigh, however DB and I are both not very tall so maybe she's just going to be a shorty.
After going home and googling Pulmonary Valve Stenosis I learned that Hailey was born with this defect. The congenital pulmonary stenosis occurs in the first 8 weeks of fetal development due to improper development.. and is BY CHANCE, not a genetic thing. It is also the second most common defect of the heart. If/when Hailey needs surgery to fix the narrowing they will insert a balloon catheter into the valve to keep it open.
My one sick hearted child just turned into two.