Baby Born With Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, Congenital Heart Defect Off From Oxygen.

Baby Zola.
Inspiring story of Little Zola born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a congenital heart defect in which the left side of the heart is critically underdeveloped.

After a long open heart surgery, this warrior is off from the breathing tube & on the road to full recovery.

In hypoplastic left heart syndrome, normal blood flow is affected, & less oxygen-rich blood is pumped to the body.

During the first few days of life, oxygen-rich blood bypasses the poorly functioning left side of the heart (through the ductus arteriosus & the foramen ovale).

That means the right side of the heart pumps blood to both the lungs & the rest of the body.

But, when the Ductus arteriosus & Foramen ovale close, it becomes hard for oxygen-rich blood to get to the rest of the body.

And guess what, the baby usually dies.

Women can take steps before & during pregnancy to reduce the risk of having a baby born with birth defects.

These include;
- taking a daily multivitamin with folic acid (400 micrograms)
- avoiding smoking, &
- not drinking alcohol during pregnancy.