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The family and friends of Aisling Wakashige are raising money to help her family with medical bills from her second open heart surgery

Note: Click on the chart image in the photos to see our fundraising progress from all sources! We are at 63% total! $2367 on giveforward, $300 cash, $2667 of $3000 matching funds for total of $5334! Thanks! Out matching funds donor decided to continue to match anything we raise up to $3000. Hurrah!

Aisling is an amazing three year old recovering from her second open heart surgery.

Stephanie and Dave, her parents, found out even before she was born that she would have a severe heart defect. Of course they've had a lot of support along the way from family and friends, but a special mention goes out to Aisling's grandparents, Barbara and James Strickland and Ben and Diane Wakashige.

Aisling has tricuspid atresia or a three chambered heart. Her heart defect would require multiple operations and her heart can never really be fixed, just managed.

At 3 months old, she had her first open heart surgery to save her life. The procedure known as a 'modified glen', rerouted major blood vessels but left her still a “blue baby”. Even with the ‘modified glen’ procedure, her body gets a mix of oxygenated and un-oxygenated blood, so she easily tires (well only sometimes ;-) as she has grown older, and sometimes turns blue.

Her second open heart surgery procedure, called a 'fontan', separated her oxygenated from her un-oxygenated blood but leaves her with a single ventricle to power her circulatory system. Although she will not be able to participate in rigorous physical sports, she will be able to lead an fairly active life.

At around age 40 she will need and entire heart transplant as her heart will have had to work too hard it's entire life to last her all of hers.

---About the Fundraiser---
This fundraiser is for Aisling Wakeshige's medical bills and expenses. Stephanie and Dave have great insurance but even so the medical bills are mounting. The bills for the surgery and other medical procedures are HUGE, and they must pay their deductible and 10% of all the bills. In addition to the recent open heart surgery performed January 25, 2010, Aisling had a heart catheter procedure in November to evaluate her condition and readiness for the open heart procedure. She also had dental surgery under anesthesia completed at Dell's Children's hospital in preparation for the surgery. Heart defect babies often have many dental issues due to a combination of the lower percentage of oxygen in their blood and the effect of anesthesia on forming teeth, creating paper thin enamel.

Her Fontan was completed in Houston at the Texas Children's Hospital. The minimum anticipated recovery time for a Fontan surgery is 1 month in the hospital, 2 if there are setbacks. Aisling surgery went very well and we are excited that her healing process so far, has exceeded expectations and she's already back at home to continue her recovery. As she left the hospital, she waved good bye to the doctors, nurses and said “Bye, Bye, and we never coming back”. Let’s hope she is right and she won’t be back in the hospital for many years to come except for her checkups.

For more information and current updates - click on the link to Aisling's Heart blog to the left. To see more about her stay in the hospital, click on the link for Care Pages to the left.

If you would like to make cash/check donation, leave a message for Elizabeth Andrews or Louise Craig and they will get back to you with information. To leave a message, mouse over Elizabeth Andrews at the top of this page to see the message box.
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