Keegan’s Heart – Community Rallying Behind Expecting Parents
Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 28, 2013
After years of dating, a joyful wedding, and the birth of their first child, they decided to grow their sweet family again.
The first sonogram showed a healthy and active baby boy. Big brother Grant, loving the game of golf, named the baby Keegan after his favorite golfer Keegan Bradley. All was well as they continued to prepare for baby Keegan.
During a routine 20-week anatomy sonogram, the doctors discovered Keegan’s heart was not developing properly and he would be born with half of a heart. After many tears, prayers, and research, Mandy and B.G. made the decision to continue with the pregnancy of their precious child. On this day, they became heart parents. Since making this decision, their lives have changed drastically.
Living comfortably has now become a lifestyle in the past. With doctors’ appointments every week, this is only the beginning of their new daily struggles. Keegan will be born Sept. 19 with DILV (double inlet left ventricle) and PA (pulmonary atresia). He will have three open heart surgeries before the age of 4 and possibly a heart transplant in his teens.
Once he is born, Keegan can only leave the house for doctors’ visits until his second surgery …