Thursday, April 25, 2013


Who on Earth would have guessed, but this little miracle turns 5 today!!!

She's not my child, but she is one of my best friends. We even have BFF necklaces to prove it. Kassaundra was born on April 25, 2008. And she was born with Transposition of the Great Arteries, or TGA. Basically, the arteries that come from her heart were reversed, so the new, oxygenated blood was not going to the rest of her body. Did you know that 1 in 100 babies are born with a Congenital Heart Defect

Kassaundra's defect was not caught until days after she was sent home. She is lucky to have no lasting effects of the TGA since her open heart surgery, but many other families do not have the same outcome. If Kassie had had a pulse oximetry test at the time of her birth, the defect would have been caught right away. All a pulse ox test is is a sensor placed on the babies skin to test the babies blood oxygen level. It doesn't even hurt! Simple, painless, and takes only mere minutes. Many lives can be saved by this simple test, so mommas make sure you demand it for your new baby!

This is probably my favorite picture in the. whole. world. I love these two soooo much!

My best girl is growing up to be so smart and sassy, just like her BFF. I couldn't imagine life without her!


  1. What a cutie!

    I had never heard of TGA before, I'm going to let all my "soon to be momma" friends know about that test!

  2. Happy birthday to the little lady!

    I have never heard of such a thing!

  3. Happy Birthday Kassie! She is a little miracle.