My heart Journey: Dx MVP 1964

I came out of the womb with multiple cardiac conditions at a rbxraytime when pediatric heart surgery did not exist to the extent that it does today. I was reminded of this last week when I met a 6 month old baby and her parents. This young one had already received a few heart surgeries and was slated for a few more before she was done. 
Before entering first grade my local public school required that  all students receive a complete physical. It was during that physical that I was identified with a Mitral Valve Prolapse
.Untitled-Scanned-14 I was sent to St Christopher’s Hospital where I had a barium x-ray as well as a EKG; both cutting edge diagnostic procedures at the time (1964).
I remember the train ride into the city and the taxi ride to the hospital, all very ‘big city’ scary as I grew up in a rural area. I remember the procedure itself was quite terrifying and the rooms were very cold. At the xrayneonend of the testing I was asked to sit in a long corridor while my mother and the cardiologist conferred in secret hushed tones about the results.

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