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More "Mended Little Hearts"

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More children are being diagnosed with heart defects than any other defect.

Adriana Garibay is a mother of two children born with heart defects. "Mended Little Hearts" helps families like hers. They began providing information, resources, and support to two families a few years ago and now are helping 25.

Garibay says, "Having a sick child and nobody being able to tell you what was going on with her, and ignoring you. And it was really hard... I had a normal pregnancy. I was healthy. She looked normal."

Garibay says there's help for people with heart conditions in the area, but not for infants. So they had to go to Dallas so her one year-old daughter Jovianna could have open heart surgery.

"Mended Little Hearts" provides them support as they make out of town visits to diagnose their children's heart defects.  Garibay says, "They brought us a bag, you know, with deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, you know, stuff for the kids. It's nice having somebody to talk to that knows what you're going through."

Jovianna's father Brian Loya says, "Her days were numbered if it wasn't for the doctors down there... Luckily they told us that with her heart defect. How they patched it. That she'd be 100% normal. But you know, you still have that little iffy that, you know, she's not going to be 100% normal."

Jovianna is now off meds and going through yearly checkups with a cardiologist. Then Garibay had another baby Felicity who doctors also discovered had four different heart problems, one of which they've fixed. She says, "Having one was hard enough, and now two. So we're still in the process. She's on heart medication right now."

Garibay says Felicity needs meds indefinitely. They're going to Dallas in upcoming weeks to find out her other three heart defects.

The organization hopes to continue helping mend more little hearts like Felicity's and Jovianna's.

Jessica Abuchaibe, NewsChannel 10. 

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