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Our Story - Ethan and Polly Rames

by Pamela M. on Sunday, June 2, 2013

Ethan and Polly Rames South Dakota

Our 3rd son, Ethan, was born with a congenital heart defect known as Transposition of the Great Vessels.  We were fortunate that the excellent staff at our local hospital discovered his condition prior to his birth so that we could prepare for the most difficult experience of our lives.  Our pediatric cardiologist and our perinatologist monitored our son's condition in utero until 36 weeks of gestation when I needed to be induced due to complications.  When Ethan was born he needed to have a life threatening surgery performed and was flown from South Dakota to Ann Arbor, MI in an effort to save his life.  Some families are not as lucky as we were to prepare for our baby’s condition at birth.  Many parents assume their baby will be born healthy until afterward and they are thrown into shock by seeing their baby blue and not knowing what is wrong.  Research is key to developing the technology and expertise to diagnose these conditions early in order to make the appropriate decisions in a timely manner. 

Ethan will soon be 8 years old and is medication free.  Without the surgery and care we received at both hospitals, we would not have the wonderful son that has completed our family. Please understand the importance of research, and continue to invest in research to help save other lives, like Ethan’s.