All Heart: Christie and Darian

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GI’s Sales Director Christie Pelham nearly lost her son to a congenital heart disease called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) in his first week of life. The left side of his heart never developed and, without surgery, babies with this defect usually die within weeks, if not days.

Christie and Darian’s father, Derek, were still reeling from this news when doctors asked if Darian could participate in a national study to see what type of surgery was best to save babies like him. Although participating meant Darian would get experimental surgery, his parents didn’t hesitate. “There was no question in our minds that we wanted to be part of it,’’ Christie said. “If it didn’t help him, it would help someone else.’’

The surgeries, four total, proved successful despite complications, though Darian’s condition will require constant monitoring throughout his lifetime. Today, Darian is a happy five-year-old with a heart at “good capacity.” Christie is an active fund-raiser for The American Heart Association.

4 Responses to “All Heart: Christie and Darian”

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  4. Reply Big Hearts Give Back | Grand Incentives Blog says:

    [...] Grand Incentives came together to support our Director of Marketing, Christie, and so did 23 family members who walked by her side on November 5. If you had met Darian before, you would have bought some baked goods, too. With his ear-to-ear grin, it was hard to imagine the four open heart surgeries he had overcome since his birth in 2005. The congenital heart defect HLS (Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome) had made the number one killer in America, heart disease, personal to Christie. [...]

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