Family Stories

2 posts tagged with "Congenital-Heart-Defects"

Lia's Story (Congenital Heart Disease - Tetralogy of Fallot)

Lia's Story (Congenital Heart Disease - Tetralogy of Fallot)
Both my husband and I work in the medical field, have traveled extensively, and had long wanted to adopt internationally and provide a home for a child who needed one. In 2011 we decided that the China Special needs program was a good fit for our family, and we were able to bring home Lia from China in 2012 at the age of 3 1/2.  She had been diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot when she was an infant. This typically involves four defects of the heart... Read More

(Ventricular Septal Defect - VSD)

(Ventricular Septal Defect - VSD)
I have had a heart for adoption for a long time, since I was a teenager and began hearing stories of little girls being adopted from China. The thought of all these children growing up in orphanages without a family was heartbreaking to me. We have two children that are adopted and have special needs. Our son's special need is a heart defect, specifically a Ventricular Septal defect. We were open to this need because it is fairly common and generally requires only one procedure to repair. Read More