Born with a damaged heart
Madison Rae Kidd is 9 weeks old but still is not much larger than a newborn baby. At 10 pounds 11 ounces, she is about 45 percent of her normal weight, said her mother, Monica Blanton. Without surgery, she might never catch up to her peers, or even survive to adulthood.
Madison suffers from a disorder known as "Tetralogy of Fallot," a rare heart defect more commonly known as "blue baby syndrome." The condition limits blood flow to the lungs, resulting in low oxygen in the blood, which could result in hypoxic brain injury or death.
Madison was born on June 8, weighing in at only 7 lbs. Two days later a heart murmur was detected by doctors at Caldwell Memorial Hospital. Her oxygen levels were dangerously low. Doctors did an echocardiogram on her heart, which confirmed her diagnosis.
Madison's legs and fingernails often start to turn blue. Her feet get cold, and her breathing has to be monotired,
said Joshua Kidd, Madison's father.
"They are going to repair arteries and veins going to the lungs, and patch the inside of the heart," Kidd said. "Doctors can hope for the best, but she may need further surgery as she gets older. Without the surgery, she wouldn't survive."
Monica and Joshua have two other children, Michael, 12, and Megan, 8. Trying to care for a sick infant and keep the family going has been a struggle for the couple, as they focus on keeping their littlest alive.
"If I could get paid every time I've cried over this, we'd be billionaires by now," Blanton said. "We've been in shock, in disbelief, and numb over this. It truly puts you on a roller-coaster ride. Everybody wants to go home with their baby and be happy. I get to go home and cry."
Madison's open-heart surgery is scheduled for Sept. 12 at Brenner Children's Hospital in Winston-Salem.