“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!