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When Leigh Ann was born, only half of her tiny heart was functioning correctly.
In a healthy heart, the left side pumps blood to the body and the right side pumps blood to the brain. Leigh Ann was suffering from a rare and complex birth defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome, where the right side of her heart was doing all the work.
Within her first week of life, she underwent a major surgery called the Norwood procedure—the first of three staged heart surgeries—to create a new functional systemic circuit. Almost seven months later, she was released from the neonatal intensive care unit at Texas Children’s Hospital and was able to go home for the first time.
Leigh Ann faces a lifetime of challenges. Her liver and kidneys are the last place for oxygen and blood to reach, which could cause problems. A heart transplant is an option, but there is risk of rejection.
The oldest person living with hypoplastic left heart syndrome is 30 years old. The Cribbs family hopes and prays Leigh Ann has a long life ahead of her.
Your gift to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals program at Texas Children’s makes it possible for us to provide the best care for children like Leigh Ann.