The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome — Morgan's Story

Andrea Thrush, Mother: We got pregnant with Morgan in September of '01.

Shane Thrush, Father: We were married three years, and we thought that now's the time. We're going to take the next step and--

Andrea Thrush: --along she came.

Shane Thrush: We got pregnant relatively easily.

Andrea Thrush: Normal, happy pregnancy planning.

Shane Thrush: You wonder the sex. You go through the names and making the room up and--

Andrea Thrush: --and then it came to that January morning.

Shane Thrush: As we were going through that January appointment, they were checking everything. Everything's fine, everything's fine. We're all excited. We're joking around with the ultrasound tech and then she stops talking, and that's when--

Andrea Thrush: That's when we had found that she had a congenital heart defect--

Shane Thrush: Hypoplastic left heart syndrome.

Andrea Thrush: She was diagnosed at week 23.

Thomas Spray, MD: All of heart surgery is 50 years old. And we've come from a situation of being able to treat nothing, to being able to at least deal with most, if not the vast majority, of congenital heart defects in a way that allows children to grow into adulthood.

Jack Rychik, MD: We live in an era where there are very few things that we really can't take care of--

Thomas Spray, MD: Even 20 years ago we could not treat hypoplastic left heart syndrome successfully. Now it's become almost routine in most centers.

Sarah Tabbutt, MD: One of the things we're most well known for is moving forward the field for babies with hypoplastic left heart syndrome.

Thomas Spray, MD: And as things continually improve and as these children have issues when they get older, I have no doubt we will have ways to treat those issues. So I don't see any reason to be pessimistic about the long-term outlook for these children.