An early arrival started a local family’s journey with congenital heart defects

Grateful Heart

A Wichita mom-to-be went in for a routine doctor appointment but didn’t leave the hospital. 

Instead, she’d learn all about the world of congenital heart defects.

Amie Ozbun ended up on bed rest for two weeks but would eventually deliver baby Andi 12 weeks early. 

It was just one of many challenges the infant would have to overcome to survive.

“We actually had an appointment to find out if she was a boy or a girl, and they were like we need you to go to the hospital right now,” remembers Andi’s mom Amie.

That was the beginning of Andi’s arrival into the world. 

She would stay at Wesley Medical Center for 45 days as doctors tried to treat numerous heart conditions.  

Andi would have her first surgery when she was eight months old and several more would follow.  

“It’s one of those you know what to expect and then when it happens, yeah, it just gets worse,” says Amie.

In fact, there are two more surgeries in Andi’s future as well.  

This family takes life one day at a time, enjoying the time that Andi can play like a normal kid, but also keeping careful watch over summertime activities.

“Being in the heat, she can’t when it’s too hot and then like in water, if she’s in the water too long her lips will turn blue,” explains Amie.

Amie says social networking with other CHD moms has been a big help on their journey with Andi.

“If you have any questions it’s like someone has been through it and they can help you understand,” assures Amie.

You can find a link to a CHD support Facebook page by clicking here.

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