Heart Disease Survivor Will Share Story at Heart Walk
Every year nearly 600,000 Americans die of heart disease.
While cardiovascular diseases take thousands of lives, many survive.
On June 24, 2005, Andrea Bailey of Ocala held her baby girl Hannah for the very first time.
"She was born about 8:30 a.m. Eight pounds. Beautiful baby. Healthy. Everything was great," said Andrea.
Everything seemed normal, until Andrea was about to take her new born baby home.
"He said that she had a murmur and a hole in her heart. They were in a place that was it likely not heal on it's own," said Andrea.
The doctors allowed Andrea and her husband Jeff to take Hannah home, but when the family returned for a check up, they received terrifying news about their little baby girl.
"The cardiologist walked in and said this is what a normal heart looks like and this what Hannah's looks like. At that point we knew it was not good," said Andrea.
Hannah was born with a congential heart defect called tetralogy of fallot, which is actually four heart defects.
Doctors told the Bailey's that Hannah needed open heart surgery at only 10 -weeks- old.
"as a mom your whole job is to protect your baby and that's something that is completely out of your control," said Andrea.
Ten-week-old Hannah survived the surgery.
Now she's an energetic and healthy eight- year- old girl.
"She knows she has to go for an annual check up and we check those things, but to be honest the news has gotten better each year," said Jeff Bailey.
Hannah will be one of several heart disease survivors who will share her story at this weekend's American Heart Association Heart Walk in Marion County.
"I know that we are going to walk about three miles. I know it's going to be really really fun," said
This years goal is to raise $250,000.
"We are getting close. We are almost at $230,000 today and we still have a few more days for funds to come so there is still time to donate today," said JimHenningsen who is the Chairman of the Marion County Heart Walk.
The money riased will go for research to help victims of heart disease, like little Hannah.
"I was really happy that I survived," said Hannah.
The Marion County Heartwalk is scheduled for Saturday at 8 a.m. at the Baseline Road Trailhead in Southeast Ocala.
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