(Ventricular Septal Defect - VSD)

Posted on 09/04/2014

Adopt Special Needs: Family StoriesI 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.

The most difficult part of parenting a child with special needs to me is always the unknown. Will my son eventually need surgery? Will the medication maintain my daughter's calcium level?

Our son requires yearly visits to the cardiologist with echocardiograms. We have been told eventually he will require surgery to close his VSD. Our daughter requires daily medications, monthly lab draws, and visits to the endocrinologist every 3-6 months. Our son's VSD is a fairly simple congenital heart defect, and generally treatment is fairly straightforward.