Jep is my boyfriend for three years. He may not be the most handsome guy in town but for me is the perfect boyfriend. He is caring, thoughtful, sweet and understanding. The man who I thought only exist in fantasy world.
He was born as a blue baby because he have a heart condition. His condition is called TOF or Tetralogy of Fallot. In simple terms, he have a hole in his heart. In his case, the hole is in the wall in the center of his heart. This wall is the one that divides the left and right sides of the heart. So because of this hole, the oxygenated and de-oxygenated blood got mixed up whenever he breathes resulting to him being blue.
Around 1995 where he was still 4 years old, he got an open-heart surgery. After that surgery, he live a normal life (as normal as he can be) except for the ECG every year.
When he was 9 years old, they found out there was a slight leak on the hole "patch". Since the leakage is still minimal, there's no follow up surgery yet. When he was 20 years old, the leakage has gotten worst but no surgeries is required yet but you can see his left chest getting bigger.
Now that he is 25 years old, the last ECG result wasn't what we expected. The blood back-flow from the leakage has gotten worst that the right side of heart has also started getting bigger. The advice of the doctor is to have another heart surgery within six months to one year. The surgery is called Pulmonary Valve Replacement, and it will cost one to three million pesos or twenty to sixty US dollars.
This is one of the heart surgeries with higher chances (almost 100%) of success so it's better for him to undergo this operation.