4/10/2013 9:38 AM
Hello! My name is Angela. I am 42 and was born with Congenitally Corrected Transposition of the Great Vessel as well as a septal defect. I had my first heart surgery at the age of 12. Back then they had no clue about this heart problem. The corrected area, from my understanding, was filling up with skin and they cut the skin out. I was in the hospital for a month.
In 2006 I suffered a stroke. Fortunately I only had a speech issue which did clear up except for some words come out a wee bit funny and I can tell that my left side is a little bit weaker. On March 5 I underwent my second heart surgery. This time I had a severe tricuspid valve leak and now I have an artificial heart valve. I was only in the hospital for 4 1/2 days.
It is amazing after so much research what they can do to allow all of us to live as normal of a life as possible. Even though this problem exists, I was blessed with two beautiful boys.