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Share your Story: Amy Basken

by Jason H. on Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Amy Basken Wisconsin

My third child was born with a broken heart.  Literally. 

We didn't find out until it was almost too late.  Nicholas was born happy and healthy and looked great - we were preparing for a normal discharge home.  However, a newborn screen of his heart function was a little "off" so they ordered one last test, just in case.  We were sent home anticipating a normal result.  That's when I got the phone call.  "Are you sitting down?"  Nicholas had a serious heart defect that needed immediate attention.  Time stood still several times in the coming hours. First there was the emergency administration of medicine that resulted in many tubes and wires.  Then, watching the helicopter carry Nicholas to the hospital that could provide the needed treatment.  Finally, I will never forget the moment when I kissed him goodbye, handing my newborn over to the heart surgeon, pit in my stomach at the possibility I may never see him again.

I am grateful for the screening, I am grateful for the research that saved his life.  We were the lucky ones - babies, children and adults are still dying as a result of heart defects.  I have been given the gift of a thriving son, and a story that I can use to make a difference.  We all have a story, we can all make a difference.