Friday, April 10, 2009

Background on Cyrus

Alot of people know that Cyrus has a bad heart, well a bad valve. He had problems with his heart when he was born and he had surgery when he was 1 week old. Among other things he biggest issue was he aortic valve. That is the valve that carries the blood from your heart to the rest of your body. His was hard and thick and didnt move the blood right. The surgeon was able to thin is out and get it moving better so he didn't have to replace it. Then when he was 6 months old the Dr. did a cardiac cath on him where they send a catheter into his heart and blow up a balloon in that valve to open it up better. He had a another cath at 3 years old but they just went in and looked. Now he will be 8 years old in May and we have been following with a cardiologist every 6 months. This last appt. he said that the numbers are looking a little bit worse so he wants to send him for another cath. So now we have an appt with a Dr. at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg to meet with him and schedule another cath. I think theworse part about it apart for my 7 year old having to go through a procedure, is what to tell him. The last time he went he was 3 so there wasn't much to say. Now he understands and remembers a heck of alot more. He is a tough kid. Anyone who knows him knows that. I think God made him that way for a reason, so he would be tough enough to go through all this. He will eventually need to have that valve replaced but the later the better because the valves they can put in him won't grow with him and he will have to have them replaced alot more often. Keep us in your prayers that this will be uneventful.


  1. aww poor guy!!! i hope hell be ok!!

    and ps your pic is hot!

  2. Hey, it's Morgan. :)

    Just so you know, my husband had an aortic valve replacement when he was 1 week old due to aortic stenosis and it lasted until he was 17. (he thinks it would have lasted longer but they replaced it to be sure)
    He's 27 now and the valve is still going strong. His cardiologist says he probably won't need it replaced again for another 7-10 years and we're hoping by then it will not be an open heart procedure.

    Wishing the best to you and Cyrus. just wanted to let you know of a success story :)