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Embrace the zipper!

I’m 18 years old and I’m a CHD survivor thanks to John Myers who operated on me 4 times. I was diagnosed with pulmonary atresia, which is a congenital defect of the pulmonary valve in which the valve orifice fails to develop. I had my first operation at 2 days old had my 2nd on my 1st birthday. 3rd at age 4 and my last official surgery at the age of 18 on May 24th, 2016. My first 3 surgeries were rerouting and placing fake valves in that were only to last for a few years. Little did we know that it ended up lasting as long as it did. It was supposed to fail 6 years ago. Last year, things started to hit rock bottom I was missing school due to irregular heartbeats, shortness of breath, dizziness weakness, tiredness, and retaining fluid throughout my body. My last surgery they put a pig valve in which will need to be replaced every 10-12 yrs which they can do through my groin by cath “surgery.” Since my last surgery, I’m back to my normal self and I lost 30lbs! Myers himself & their staff are wonderful people and you know you’re in good hands. After being in and out of the hospital & doctor visit throughout the years I feel the need to give back. I’m currently holding a job as a Nurse Assistant. I will be attending Pa college of health Sciences next fall to obtain my BSN and to fulfill my dream and become a nurse at Penn State Hershey Medical Center in pediatrics ICU. Thanks for all the healing hands and the big hearts PSHMC. Embrace the zipper! – Kiersten Horst

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