Erin Terry and Ricky McCann with their baby boy, Gavin, at the America Heart Association’s annual Heart Walk in Plattsburgh.
Photo by Stephen Bartlett.
Shock overtook her and once she reached the car she let go and sobbed.
“It was the worst day of my life.”
She was sent to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Vermont and monitored three days weekly through sonograms.
“They wanted to make sure there was no swelling around the heart and no fluids.”
Doctors eventually sent her to Boston Children’s Hospital.
“I don’t know how I got through my pregnancy,” Terry said. “I pretended there was nothing wrong.”
She was eventually induced at Brigham and Women’s in Boston, where Gavin would be delivered through a C-section.
“It wasn’t planned.”
Once he was delivered Terry listened for his crying, some sort of sound, but there was only silence, and she began to panic.
Then, Gavin, at 8 pounds, 15 ounces, began to cry on April 11 at 3:59 a.m. and even peed on the doctor.
“I don’t remember much but kissing him on the cheek.”
But the couple was not in the clear, and eight hours later Gavin underwent a balloon stint procedure.
Today, his heart is not much stronger, but it works, though the problems with it will always affect him and he may need further surgeries.
“We race to the doctor when his hands and feet turn blue,” Terry said.
Ricky McCann tries to block concerns about his son’s heart from his mind, but it’s impossible.
“When I see his smiling face, the worry goes away.”