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Heart to Heart with Anna

Heart to Heart with Anna

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December 31st 2013:Losing a Child to a Congenital Heart Defect

“Losing a Child to a Congenital Heart Defect.” is an extremely emotional show, and it doesn’t have the happy outcome we’d love for all of our shows to have, but I believe it’s an extremely important topic and one that warrants our attention. To consciously decide not to talk about how many children we lose to CHDs would do a disservice to the thousands of innocent lives lost each year. During this show we honor not only the children we will talk about today with three loving mothers, but we also honor all children and adults who have died because of their congenital heart defects. While the U

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Angela Roberts

In 1979 Angela Roberts was pregnant with twins when one of them passed away a few minutes after birth. Being told she had a stillborn child was so painful that Angela couldn’t cope and she blamed herself for Natasha’s death. Angela was afraid she had done something wrong. Perhaps even more hurtful was how everyone seemed to deny Natasha ever existed. In trying to regain control over her emotions and her life, 25 years later she found out the hospital did an autopsy on her baby and had kept her organs without Angela’s permission. She discovered other babies had also been kept without the parents’ knowledge. This resulted in her starting an organization called “I Have Rights, Too” which is a s
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Sheri Turner

Sheri Turner is 44 and lost her firstborn son Thomas William Turner 16 years ago to hypoplastic left heart syndrome when he was 10 days old. After her son's death in 1997, Sheri organized the first Congenital Heart Defect or CHD Awareness Day in Massachusetts on February 14 of 2000 at Children's Hospital of Boston. After having organized several annual CHD Awareness Days in Massachusetts, she took a hiatus to continue her family. She was beginning a non-profit called the Massachusetts Heart Coalition when her second child, Allison Nicole Turner was born in 1999. Christopher followed in 2003 and Daniel in 2005. Raising her young family has been her focus for the last several years and has bee
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Dara Glagola

Dara Glagola is a nurse, the mother of 2 daughters, Rhianne and Jara and grandmother of Trevor Kaine. Jara was born in 1978 with multiple complex heart defects and other defects including dextrocardia, situs inversus, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, pulmonary atresia and malrotation of the intestines. When she was 8 hours old, the doctors gave her a Blalock-Taussig shunt and she had multiple surgeries after that, including a spinal fusion surgery for severe scoliosis. Dara’s second daughter, Rhianne, was born in 1982 and although they were assured she was healthy, later it was discovered she also has heart problems. Jara, proud of her scars, was a champion for those born with heart defects.
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