February is American Heart Month and aims to raise awareness for congenital heart defects, also known as CHD.
One of these defects is called atrial septal defect (ASD). “In a 2019 study, 1 in nearly 2,000 babies born in the United States each year are born with this defect,” according to the Center for Disease Control.
As a baby’s heart develops during pregnancy, there are normally several openings in the wall dividing the upper chambers of the heart. These usually close during pregnancy or shortly after birth, but if one does not close then it is called ASD. The hole increases the amount of blood flowing to the lungs, and over time it can damage the blood vessels in the lungs.
Woodward happens to have a core warrior with this flaw. Kara and Cory Reid first learned that their youngest of 5 boys, Cale, had ASD in September 2017.
“When he was 4, we went to see Dr Kirkendall for the first time and he heard a slight heart murmur. He suggested we should get him to see a pediatric cardiologist, Dr. Baker at OU Children’s Hospital,” Kara Reid said. “We are OSU alumni and we always cheer on our Cowboys, even at OU Children’s. One exam room was just decorated with OSU stuff and that was the room they put us in every time. It helped ease our minds, that this is where we need to be, this is who we can trust.”
Cale Reid’s appointment took place in the spring of 2018.
“Dr. Baker confirmed the murmur and did both an EKG and an echocardiogram. It showed the atrial septal defect and it was about the size of a quarter,” Kara Reid said. “The doctor told us it would be a simple repair procedure, probably a catheter through the groin to the heart to plug the hole, but he wanted him to grow up a bit first and watch him. He didn’t ‘was subject to no restrictions or anything.
“We went back in April 2019 and they did another ECG and Echo, but learned here that the catheter wouldn’t work. Due to the location of the hole, it was more difficult to place the patch with a catheter Open heart surgery was scheduled for this summer to allow time to heal before school.They patched his hole with cow pericardium.The cow patch is attached and then his heart tissue will grow on it.
“After the operation, we only stayed in the hospital for three nights and that’s unheard of! We stayed in town with my family for a week in case any problems arose. We tried to get him to take things a bit quietly for a few weeks until his incisions have healed, but he’s not one to want to sit still.
Cale now takes annual exams and now participates in many activities such as soccer, ninja gymnastics at Tumblezone, and swimming every day in the summer.
Dr. Harold Burkhart performed Cale’s operation. He is the head surgeon there and is amazing! Oklahoma is lucky to have him,” Kara Reid said. “There’s a Facebook group I’m a member of called ‘Mended Little Hearts’ that helps families in Oklahoma who have kids who need help. ‘a surgical intervention.
“They provided a wonderful goodie bag for the hospital and are a constant support. I believe God played a huge part in all of this. Cale is an amazing boy who has been through a lot but the Lord has been with him. us every step of the way.”