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Maranatha Hope Hefling, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, HLHS, Blessings
Maranatha, which means the Lord is coming, was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) after an ultra sound at the 20th week of pregnancy. HLHS an extremely severe and rare congenital heart defect. HLHS occurs when parts of the left side of the heart (mitral valve, left ventricle, aortic valve, and aorta) do not develop completely. The condition is present at birth (congenital). In simple terms HLHS means that Maranatha does not have the left side of her heart. If left untreated, HLHS is fatal. Survival rates for the staged repair continue to rise as surgery techniques and care after surgery improve. Please continue to pray for Maranatha, as well as all those contributing to her care. Thank you.