Young mum Claire is expecting her second child in June, but even before the baby is born she knows that he has a heart condition and will need open-heart surgery when he is just 7-10 days old.
Claire, 28, a part-time beautician from Brighton, says: “They picked up that something was wrong at my routine, 20-week scan at Brighton Hospital.
“The very next day I was referred to a specialist consultant and was told our baby has transposition of the great arteries, which means the major arteries of the heart are reversed, so the blood doesn’t flow in the right way through his heart.
”It turned our world upside-down. It is terrifying to think about your baby having an operation just after they are born, when they are still so tiny.”
What is a transposition of the great arteries?
A transposition of the great arteries (TGA) means that the pulmonary artery and aorta are transposed, or facing the wrong way. The arterial switch operation to solve this complication is now the most common type of surgical treatment for babies born with TGA.
Other expecting parents
Claire is one of many parents expecting a child with a potential or confirmed heart condition:
Caroline's inherited heart condition
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