Monday, April 4, 2011

Kids of Heartfelt Couture-April 2011

This is from sweet Chase's mom.

"1 in 100 children in the United States are born with a Congenital Heart Defect each year. Of those children, approximately 8% will be born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome(HLHS). My 17-month-old son Chase is one of them. Chase was born in October 2009 with, essentially, half a heart. In children with HLHS, the left side of the heart doesn't develop in-utero and the child must undergo three life-saving, palliative heart surgeries. Chase underwent his first heart surgery at 7 days old. He then had a second heart operation when he was 4 1/2 months old and will have one further scheduled surgery when he is approximately 2 to 3 years old. Chase is so incredibly strong and is one of the happiest children I've ever known! He's been through more in his almost year and a half of life than most people experience in a lifetime. The odds have always been stacked against him, yet with his strong determination and our faith and trust in God, he has continued to thrive and exceed expectations! We are so very blessed to have Chase in our lives and we witness a living, breathing miracle every time we look at him. During a recent heart catheterization procedure, Chase had the joy of wearing an adorable Toy Story hospital gown, provided by Heartfelt Couture. Although he was NOT happy to be in the a hospital environment, surrounded by people in scrubs(he's not a fan of people in scrubs, for good reason!), his face lit up when he saw Buzz and Woody on his "shirt". Thank you so much for everything you do to bring a smile to little ones like my son, and for making a difficult experience a little bit easier on him. And of course all of the hospital staff thought his gown was adorable, too! Thank you, Heartfelt Couture!

You can follow Chase's journey with his special heart at

I want to thank Chase's mom for his story. This story is such an amazing testimony for Heartfelt Couture.


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