2:28 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Twice Blessed

This sign greeted Brad, Christina, Ava and Aidan when they arrived at their home in Clive after Ava spent nearly four months at the Mayo Clinic.
Christina DeShaw

This past Monday, a central Iowa couple was able to bring their twin babies home for the first time. One baby, the boy, was born healthy, but his sister has a serious heart defect that kept her hospitalized for nearly four months. In January, at 18 weeks of pregnancy Brad Weitl and Christina DeShaw discovered that one of their twins had hypoplastic left heart syndrome, in which the left side of the heart is severely underdeveloped. This was Ava, her brother Aidan’s heart was fine. After the diagnosis, Christina got on the internet to gather information about what to do next.

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7:12 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Unraveling the mystery of SCAD

Tracy Hjelle and her husband John at their home in Decorah. Tracy is recovering from a life threatening heart condition known as SCAD.
Pat Blank

A northeast Iowa woman is part of a study that’s helping unravel a rare heart condition that strikes young, otherwise healthy people. 42- year- old Tracy Hjelle (YELL-ee)  is the picture of health, she’s athletic and is in great shape, that’s because she’s the pitching coach for the Luther College softball team, but her world turned upside down on a Sunday morning in April as she and the team were preparing to leave Decorah for a game in Wisconsin.

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