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Shawn Katrick

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Shawn was born May 1, 2013 with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). HLHS is a birth defect where the left heart does not form correctly and affects the normal blood flow through the heart.

 

After my 16-18 week ultrasound, I was sent for an echo. This is where the doctor diagnosed Shawn with HLHS. I was sent up to Edmonton to deliver at the Royal Alec Hospital. Once Shawn was born I only got to hold him for a minute before he was sent to the Stollery Children’s Hospital. He was admitted to the NICU and wasn’t very stable. Until he became more stable the doctors wouldn’t take him for his first surgery. They staff were all supportive and the doctor explained to us exactly what was going to happen. After Shawn’s surgery the doctor came out and told us everything had went well and he was being transferred to the PICU. When they told me we would go see Shawn in the PICU we went right away and my baby didn't look like my baby, he was swollen and just didn't look like my little Shawny. I noticed a team of Drs. around him and then I noticed his Heart Rate go up to 200 BPM. I couldn’t help but cry. After a couple weeks in PICU he was transferred back to the NICU but still had his breathing tube. On May 20 they removed his breathing tube and put him on CPAP. Later that day we got a call that they had to put his tube back in and that he wasn’t doing very well. Once we reached his bedside we were informed that he was more unstable than he was at birth. Things started to turn around and finally on June 5th we were transferred back to Calgary, and by July 10th we were transferred to Unit to at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Finally on July 18th we got to take Shawn home! Unfortunately, we were only home for four days before I had to take Shawn back into ACH. At this time we were expected to be there until his next heart surgery in September.

 

Through all of our ups and downs on our journey I have met some really amazing people. Being able to talk to these families and share our stories and knowing we aren’t alone is really comforting.

 

The SFHMF has really been a huge help with paying for Shawn’s medications and helping with parking at the hospital. Thanks to the foundation for all your support.

 

Shayla

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november 8, 2004 - january 22, 2006

The Sarah Faith Hogan Memorial Foundation was formed in loving memory of Sarah Faith Hogan and is dedicated to the selflessness and courage of Sarah’s grandfather and mother, Chuck and Cathy Hogan.

 

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