a family's ordeal
According the American Heart Association, congenital heart defects, structural problems present in the heart at birth, are the most common birth defect and are the primary cause of fatalities from birth defects during the first year of life. Hours after the birth of their first child, Heather and Adam Plues learned that their son, Walker Pierce Plues, had a congenital heart defect known as an interrupted aortic arch, and he critically needed open heart surgery. Although his first surgery was a success, Walker's situation was far from over. The Plues family prepared for another ordeal, a surgery to repair a hole in Walker' tiny heart.