Abby Seagraves


During December 2010, the Seagraves anxiously waited for their second child to be born in two months, Abby’s doctor described her as having shorter arms and legs than usually. After this was described, the Seagraves’ met with a specialist who then switched his focus to the heart. What started out as possibly being a hole in the heart was later described at Tetralogy of Fallot. In simple terms this is a congenital heart defect which includes four related defects of the heart: a ventricular septal defect (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 being born on February 10, 2011, Abby’s oxygen levels were constantly monitored. On May 25, 2011 she went in to surgery where she was given a patch between her septum and aorta and her pulmonary valve removed. Abby has been healthy since and her future looks very promising.