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Thegreatest experience I have had in my life that has a significantmeaning to me is being born with a congenital heart condition. Thechallenges associated with the condition have shaped my life over theyears. Congenital heart disease is a life threatening condition innewborns that requires complicated procedures. This includes surgeryand frequent visits to a cardiologist. Although I was young and couldnot understand the challenges I was facing as an infant, it was noteasy to cope with the effects of the condition. The condition has hada lot of influence on all aspects of my life, including what I wouldlike to do in the future.

Inwas born in May 1988 in India with and experienced several lifethreatening health complications. Usually, when a child is born theparents and family are all smiling and celebrating a new life and anew member of the family. However, when I was born, it was adifferent case. My parents and family was crying and praying forGod’s mercy on my life. Immediately after birth, I was diagnosedwith a critical congestive heart disease. This is a heart conditionthat results into unsafe low levels of oxygen in infant’s blood byaffecting the structure and proper functioning of the heart. Althougha good number of children are born with this life threateningcondition and majority of them survive if they have access tospecialized care, it is very traumatizing. Additionally, the severityof the condition varies from one patient to another. This is becausechildren born with this condition must undergo surgery and otheradvanced medical procedures at least once in their first year oflife. Additionally, it has an impact on the life of the child for therest of his life.

Afterbirth, the doctors confirmed that I had tetralogy of fallot, one ofthe several forms of congenital heart diseases in newborns. Thiscondition significantly reduces the amount of oxygen supplied toother organs in the body. This is because the functioning of thecirculatory system and the ability of the blood to carry enoughoxygen. Treatment of tetralogy of fallot involves corrective surgeryto improve the flow of blood from the lungs to the rest of the body.

Asa result of my condition, I underwent four hours of complicatedsurgery as well as colostomy surgery immediately after birth.Although I was unaware of what was happening, this was traumatizingto my parents. After three months I had to undergo another colostomysurgery. At the age of two, I underwent an open heart surgery.According to my parents, I am a real fighter and a winner if I wasable to survive the heart condition. For example, since I wouldusually get some injection every day, I would not cry like manychildren do, but rather be prepared for the next injection. Mostpeople believed that I will not be able to celebrate my firstbirthday. Although I was able to fully recover from the condition,there are things I can not do today, for example, intensive sportsdue to the effects of the open heart surgery. While I was a youngboy, I could feel embarrassed about the surgery scar in my chest,being afraid of developing another complication that may requireanother surgery and sometimes felt that life was unfair to me.However, I have come to learn that every thing happens with a reasonand this experience has made me a stronger individual who is ready tomake a difference in the lives of other people.

References

Lai,W. et al (2012). Echocardiographyin Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease from Fetus to Adult,New York, NY John Wiley &amp Sons.