On June 6th, 2007 we received the news following our 20 week ultrasound that our baby girl had a rare heart defect. After two days of testing at Mount Sinai Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children (both in Toronto), we learned that her heart actually had several heart defects.
At our routine ultrasound appointment, the technicians discovered that Elysha’s heart was pointing to the right instead of the left. This condition is known as Dextrocardia. It is not a concern in itself; 95% of the time, there are no other concerns, particularly if the other organs are reveresed as well. 1 in 10,000 people have this condition and some do not even know it! It may only be discoved, by a technician, when they go for a chest x-ray, or if they ever have an ECG to monitor their heart beats; the recordings might be off when the leads are placed in the normal orientation.
We learned that Elysha was part of the 5% that had other cardiac defects. Click on the links below to learn more about her special heart.