As it is CHD Awareness Week, I am sharing a photo of my little heart warrior and her zipper scar for this week’s black and white photography project. Her scar is the outward sign of everything that she has endured to get to where she is today and I am so very proud of her and thankful to be blessed with my beautiful little girl. In the colour version of the photo, you can see how purple Jessica’s hands and lips are. This is because she has what is known as a cyanotic heart condition – her blood carries less oxygen than normal because of her circulation. Her normal blood oxygen levels are around 80% compared with around 97%-99% in a person with a normal healthy circulation. Her heart condition means that the right side of her heart is doing most of the work and this combined with her reduced oxygen levels means that she is more likely to become breathless and tire easily on exertion. Her next operation will improve her oxygen levels but she will never have a normal circulation as her heart condition is not something that can be fixed.