Jennifer Reed is the Coordinator at Mended Little Hearts of Dallas, Texas. Jennifer Reed is currently a senior at the University of Texas at Tyler and a special education instructional aide at Canton High School, in Canton, TX. She is a mother of two girls – Adeline, 5 years old and healthy, and Olivia, 18 months old with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, coarctation of aorta, bilateral superior vena cava, arthrogryposis, scoliosis, gatroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, reactive airway disease, chronic lung disease, and 22q11.2 distal deletion. Jennifer’s geneticist has been working hard with her to establish a genetic connection between her daughter’s heart defect and a genetic condition in her family. Their chromosomal deletion is extremely rare and Dr. Schurele is working on determining if there is a genetic connection between hypoplastic left heart syndrome and arthrogryposis.