February Is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Month - A Letter From The Mom Of Sigma Swimmer Avery
Perhaps only the mom of a baby born with a heart problem truly understands the significance of that baby taking part in activities they love.
For my Avery, that activity is swimming; there are few things she loves more. Avery was born with a condition called Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return (TAPVR) which is a rare congenital malformation where all four pulmonary veins do not connect normally to the left atrium. In Avery’s case, her vein looped behind her diaphragm and connected to her liver.
Less than twenty-four hours after birth, she underwent major reconstructive heart surgery. The first four month of her life were spent mostly in the hospital. However, Avery has been a fighter since the moment of her birth, and she’s truly a miracle from God. She faces any obstacle that comes her way with courage and determination. I’m thankful she has found an activity she loves. I’m thankful the sport she fell in love with is so beneficial to her heart.
Many studies have shown that swimming trains the body to use oxygen more efficiently, which can result in lower resting heart and breathing rates. Avery loves her coaches at Sigma Swim; they have all been so supportive of her and recognize that sometimes she does tire easily. Avery may not be one of the fastest swimmers, but I believe she’s one of the most determined. Don’t be surprised some day in the future to see our little Sigma swimmer Avery standing on the starting board of an Olympic pool (a heart mom’s dream!).
Thank you Sigma Swim for encouraging all of your heart warriors to be the best swimmer they can be!