Red is the color most people associate with the heart, but for the Robertson family, it’s golden.
First time parents, Hardy and Robin Robertson, took their newborn son, John Hardy, home from the hospital with instructions to not let him cry. Their infant son was born with a heart defect and crying could cause pressure which may trigger extreme cyanosis (bluish skin coloration due to deficient oxygen in the blood).
At two weeks old John Hardy Robertson was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot, a birth defect that affects normal blood flow through the heart. Driscoll Children’s Hospital cardiologist, Dr. Mohammad Khan explained to the Robertsons that their infant son would have to have open-heart surgery to repair the defects in his heart which included a hole in the heart wall, narrowing of a pulmonary artery and value and an enlarged aortic valve.
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