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My name is Kate. I am 29 and was born with Transposition of the Great Vessels. I know that when I was born I was 1 of 3 living people in the United States with the defect. I have had 2 open heart surgeries. My first surgery was when I was 2 and they just placed a valve in my heart to try to help it function better until I was older. I had my 2nd surgery when I was 15. The repairs that they did at that time are still functioning today. I have a great cardiologist who I see 2x a year. I was told that I should never consider having children because my heart could not handle the stress. I proved all of them wrong!! I have a beautiful baby girl, Summer, who was born in January. I had very close monitoring throughout my pregnancy and with the help of meds during labor I delivered her vaginally. I have never taken meds for my heart problem and I have been given the ok to have 1 more child, but not till after I have a EKG and echo this fall.
I hope to get to know you all better.