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Screen Shot 2014-01-27 at 3.39.53 PMI remember the moment so vividly, when I held my sweet baby boy for the first time. How amazing to look upon the little life you’ve created. Cohen is my third boy, and I remember feeling guilty with a sense that something wasn’t quite right. My intuition was confirmed when I saw the look on the nurse’s face as she listened to my little boy’s heartbeat.

In that moment, my life changed forever. Cohen was whisked away to the NICU and diagnosed with pulmonary valve stenosis. PVS is a heart valve disorder that involves the pulmonary valve, which acts as a doorway that lets blood into and out of your heart. Stenosis, or narrowing, occurs when the valve cannot open wide enough, causing less blood flow to the lungs.

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