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My CHD Journey: From Patient to Advocating for the Underrepresented

by Jessica Vargas-Miranda on Friday, Apr 28, 2023

My name is Jessica Vargas Miranda. I was born in Mexico City in 1982 as a healthy baby—according to medical standards at the time—until one day I developed bronchitis that led to severe pneumonia. I was losing weight drastically, so my parents took me to get a second medical opinion. That’s when I was diagnosed with congenital heart disease at the age of 7 months old. At 9 months, I had my first open heart surgery and since then, I have had three open heart surgeries with the last one being in 2013.

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