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Sunday October 15th, 2017 - the day our son, Saverio Francesco Perri, Jr. was born, 7 lbs. 15oz. After a beautifully healthy pregnancy and birthing experience, we were completely blindsided by the devastating news that our little Sammy was born with a Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) called Dextro-Transposition of the Great Arteries or (d-TGA). With this condition, the two main arteries carrying blood out of the heart are switched.
Ultrasounds never detected this, and our doctors were unaware, so we inevitably had no idea what was coming our way.
After the necessary tests were done following Sammy’s birth, the doctors notified us that our baby would need immediate surgery, but was fighting to remain strong enough to be transported to a hospital equipped to perform his heart surgery.
With d-TGA Oxygen-poor blood from the body enters the right side of the heart. But, instead of going to the lungs, the blood is pumped directly back out to the rest of the body through the aorta. Oxygen-rich blood from the lungs entering the heart is pumped straight back to the lungs through the main pulmonary artery.
Our son fought extremely hard, but after many hours of fighting, he couldn’t fight anymore. Our Angel Sammy will forever remain in our hearts and he will forever be our little angel looking down upon our entire family.
1 in 3,300 babies born in the U.S are affected with this particular CHD.
By raising awareness, especially for early detection, we can help others born with CHD to have a fighting chance to live a long healthy life. Our Heart Angel’s Memory and Spirit lives on, and in his name we want to contribute to the mission to create and spread awareness for CHD.
If you would like to join our team, please click the Join Our Team button at the bottom of the page under Donations.
If you would prefer making a tax deductible donation, all proceeds will go to the Children's Heart Foundation to fund the most promising research to advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of congenital heart defects.
Thank you for your love and support.
From our Hearts to yours,
Lizanne and Sam Perri