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Eva Burt Edinger


“My CHD went undetected for the first year and a half of my life. After being diagnosed with an Atrial Septal Defect, I underwent open heart surgery, spent several weeks in intensive care, and was not expected to live. Now, as an adult, I have no physical restrictions and I live life to the fullest! As a ballerina and an athlete, I’ve learned the importance of a healthy lifestyle and a strong heart. My cardiologist has monitored me closely since I was a toddler and will continue to do so for the rest of my life. With his supervision and CHD knowledge, I am able to conquer CHD as I pursue a career in medicine myself.”

Eva was born on November 7, 1994, by all appearances, healthy. At a regular checkup, at a year old, Eva’s doctor noticed a heart murmur and advised she see a pediatric cardiologist. Eva would soon be diagnosed with an Atrial Septal Defect and undergo open heart surgery at 15 months old. After a smooth surgery, complications set in, and Eva was not expected to live. Through the power of prayer, a diligent medical team, and Eva’s resilience, she survived! Now, Eva lives a very active, healthy lifestyle and follows up with her cardiologist twice a year. She is pursuing a career in the medical field, while medically assisting in a dermatology clinic and earning her MBA at Louisiana Tech University!

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PCHA relies on the help of our dedicated volunteers and local providers. Together, we make a greater impact on the CHD Community. This month, we're hearing how PCHA has impacted their CHD journey and what they think makes us special.

Posted by Pediatric Congenital Heart Association on Wednesday, February 13, 2019

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