Jacob was born on 8/1/06 at 2:27 a.m, weighing 6 lbs., 9 oz. and 19.75 inches in length. He had a little surprise for us. He had a heart defect known as D-Transposition of the Great Arteries. Fortunately, we live close to one of the best places in the world to fix a broken heart and Jacob had his first helicopter ride at only three hours old to Duke U. Medical Center. After an echocardiogram, he was formally diagnosed with TGA, and a balloon septostomy was performed to put a hole between the atria of his heart to allow the oxygenated blood to mix with the non-oxygenated blood. After recovering for several days, he had open heart surgery - the Arterial Switch Operation on August 7, 2006 by Dr. Jaggers. Following a week's stay in the PICU and some issues with a collapsed lung, he was moved to the pediatric floor. We stayed there another 3-4 days and Jacob was released on August 16, 2006.
This blog will chronicle Jacob's day to day activities, as well as his follow ups for his heart condition. I wish I would have started it months ago, but better late than never!