Saturday, May 10, 2008

Another life lost

It was sad to read one of the latest posts on the Yahoo tetralogy group I follow. One of the adult ToFers on the group died suddenly on Thursday, probably due to an arrythmia. He was 36 years old and had gone through several open heart surgeries, but had been doing very well recently. His death of course was very unfortunate, my heart goes out to his family. But it affected me personally in a different way as well. We continue to rejoice on the way Bilal has healed after heart surgery, and continues to do well, with good follow up reports from the cardiologist. And the reality again sinks in, he has a congenital heart defect. Risks of arrythmias and sudden cardiac death are higher, even in repaired hearts. I'm sure that the life expectancy of a child with tetralogy born in 2006, must be higher than that of a child born in 1972, even after being repaired; surgical techniques have been refined and re-refined, to the point that some repairs lead to a 'near-normal' heart, anatomically. But how can we predict how well our children will do in the years to come? All we can do is try to raise our children, both heart healthy and broken hearted, the best we can, and leave the rest to God. Life is fragile.


Tina:0) said...

How wonderfully put, Mina! It really breaks my heart hearing of the death of anyone, especially TOF'ers. Like you said, it is a grim reminder that our 'broken hearted' kids are at more of a risk. It especially is hard, knowing that we are facing another open heart surgery this week. You finally come to terms with the surgery coming & are comfortable that all is going to be well, & then something terrible like this happens & it brings back the fear 10 fold. We, too, are praying for Jason's family. Hopefully Bilal is doing well, as are Safa & Hamza! Take care!


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