The Arrival of Arthur
Last week, five-month-old baby Arthur arrived at the hospital in Shanghai attended by a nanny from his orphanage in Jiangxi province.
Slowly, she began to peel off the many layers that were keeping Arthur warm during their long trip to the orphanage.
Then it was time to meet his new nanny who will stay with him in the hospital and care for him before and after his treatment.
Arthur was very curious about this nice new woman who was going to be taking care of him in the hospital.
This adorable little guy was born with pulmonary atresia, a heart defect which develops during the first eight weeks after conception. With this very serious heart defect, blood is unable to travel from the right ventricle of the heart to the lungs to become oxygenated, causing babies to appear blue. Surgery should be performed within weeks after birth in most cases, as without correction, babies with this condition often pass away.
In addition to pulmonary atresia, Arthur also has a ventricular septal defect (VSD) and patent ductus arteriosis (PDA). His PDA is actually what has allowed him to live this long, as it is causing some of his oxygen-poor blood to bypass the blocked ventricle. If his PDA closed, which can happen at any time, then he would not survive. Over the weekend, Arthur’s situation became critical, and he was transferred to the ICU this afternoon and put on medication to prevent his PDA from closing on its own.
This week Arthur will undergo a heart cath procedure to see if he would qualify for a BT shunt surgery, which would help blood flow to his lungs.
As you can see from his blue fingers and nails, baby Arthur needs this life-saving operation as quickly as possible. Donations to our heart surgery fund would be deeply appreciated, as would prayers that this beautiful little boy will be operable.