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. 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. Jessica’s blood carries less oxygen than normal. Her normal blood oxygen levels are around 80%. A person with a normal, healthy circulation has blood oxygen levels of around 97%-99% .
Jessica’s heart condition means that the right side of her heart is doing most of the work. 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. However, her heart condition is not something that can be fixed and she will never have a normal circulation.