Worry flooded Candice Andrews’ mind as doctors wheeled her newborn son away for open heart surgery.
“I knew about his heart condition since I was 7 months pregnant,” Andrews said. “However, it was still very scary knowing that someone was going to do surgery on my 7-day old baby.”
Andrews’ son, Marcus, was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a rare and serious birth defect that occurs when the left side of the heart is not fully developed.
Fortunately, Marcus recovered well after his first of what would be three surgeries needed to treat his heart condition.
“Doctors mentioned how exceptional his recoveries were,” Andrews said. “We were so grateful, given how unknown the entire situation was for us.”
Although his first few years of a life were a bit rocky, Marcus remained relatively healthy as he progressed through childhood.