Hi! I'm Stephanie Hokson, 20 years old diagnosed with Atrial Septal Defect and will undergo Open Heart Surgery at Philippine Heart Center.
Growing up I was an energetic child, I was pretty healthy and was always playing outside. However during my 2nd year of college (I'm 17 years old that time), I visited a doctor for a medical checkup and clearance before starting my internship; she told me that she heard murmurs and I should visit my pediatrician . After a few weeks I visited a pedia doctor and was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. So she prescribed some medicines. However, after a month, I started experiencing chest pains and palpitations more often. So we visited a cardiologist and was advised to undergo 2D Echocardiography to see what's wrong. I was diagnosed with Atrial Septal Defect, a congenital heart disease in which there is a hole in the wall that divides the upper chambers of the heart, and since surgeries like this are expensive, we were referred to a government hospital - Philippine Heart Center. The doctor told us that the hole should be closed to prevent further risk of danger like stroke or heart attack. They gave us two options open heart surgery - where the chest is cut open - and the preferred transcatheter device closure - wherein a device is placed in the heart to cover the hole via catheter. In hopes of being a candidate for Transcatheter device closure, I had undergone transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) to see if the device can fit in my case. Unfortunately, when my case was presented, the doctors said that the open heart surgery is better and have a higher percentage of success than the transcatheter device closure at 30%. Now, we are waiting for the schedule of my surgery. Related to this, I am knocking at your very kind hearts. I hope that you can help me and my family to lessen the financial burden for my surgery.
Thank You and God Bless You!