Two years ago today, we were up before 4am praying scripture aloud as we prepared to face a giant…Annabelle’s first open heart surgery, the Norwood procedure. We had three options given to us during my pregnancy with her and this was the path that we chose for her. It was risky, but the best option for giving her a shot at a “normal” life. We knew that there was a chance that we may not see her alive again once she was rolled away. We had to take that chance. In spite of all we’ve gone through, we are glad we did.
Through God working in her surgeon, Dr. Bradley, and the other amazing medical team at MUSC, Annabelle survived the Norwood. We were blessed with 60 days with her because of someone, somewhere giving all they had to help babies born with complex congenital heart defects such as HLHS.
It’s research…it’s modern miracles performed by God-given gifted men and women. It’s all we have for our heart babies…and for their future.
I am blessed beyond words that others contributed to growing, expanding, and experiencing the world of CHD research. We were given the opportunity to involve Annabelle in several research studies so that OTHER children born with her heart defect would benefit and could be helped even further.
It’s just what we are called to do…it’s paying it forward…it’s giving back.
A friend of mine with her own adorable little heart baby, Derrick, is putting together a wonderful way that you can help support CHD research- a Pancake Breakfast!
All proceeds will go directly to MUSC for congenital heart defect research. Here’s how you can help (& enjoy a yummy breakfast in the process):
Who: You and everyone you wouldn't mind eating breakfast with you
What: Pancakes covered with butter and syrup, sausage, fruit and beverage
When: This Saturday, February 6, from 7:30 until 10:30
Where: Fatz Cafe in Irmo (on Broad River Road)
Why: To raise money for MUSC's CHD research
How Much: $7 for you...kids 4 and under eat FREE!!
And, yes, we’ll be there!
On another sort-of related note, I am honored to be sharing Annabelle’s story this Thursday morning with my MOPS group. They will be making blankets to be put in the Annabelle Baskets! I will have tickets with me then if anyone would like to purchase one on Thursday morning…otherwise, you can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org & we’ll work it out!
This is why it’s worth it…
*The picture at the top was taken just 4 days after Annabelle’s Norwood procedure.