Kelly and Michael Blumenthal burst with joy when they first learned of their pregnancy. At 19 weeks, during a regular checkup, doctors noticed irregularities with little Finn’s heart. It was determined that 5 critical parts of his heart were missing. Finn has been diagnosed with: Heterotaxy, TAPVR, DORV, Complete AV Canal Defect, Pulmonary Stenosis and Mal Rotation. He has now had 10 surgeries. And, despite these hardships, Kelly can recount treasured moments during this journey.
Here is what she says:
1) “The first treasured moment with him is after he was born and I finally got to hold him the first time. Even though he was alive and breathing bc of a lot of machines attached to him, I felt like I could protect him just by holding him.”
2) “What makes him special in his own way is that he smiles through everything and is so forgiving and trusting. No matter how many times he is poked, he still looks at you like it’s ok I know there is a bigger reason for this.”
3) “Currently, Finn loves playing with his big brother Mason, standing in his activity chair, playing with his pacis (pacifiers) and being snuggled. He LOVES to be held.”