Abby Seagraves


Before Abby Seagraves was born, the doctor described her as having shorter arms and legs than normal. The Seagraves family met with a specialist, who switched his focus from Abby’s arms and legs to her heart. What started out as possibly being a hole in the heart was later described as Tetralogy of Fallot. In simpler terms, this is a congenital heart defect which includes four related defects of the heart: a ventricular septal defect (a hole between the right and left ventricles), a narrowing of the pulmonary outflow tract, an overriding aorta that is shifted over the right ventricle and ventricular septal defect, instead of coming out only from the left ventricle, and a thickened muscular wall of the right ventricle. After Abby was born on February 10, 2011, her oxygen levels were constantly monitored. On May 25, 2011, Abby went into surgery and was given a patch between her septum and aorta, and had her pulmonary valve removed. Abby has been healthy since and her future looks very promising.