The 1% chance
Hi, my name is Jolie, I'm 22 years old and I was born with a congenital heart defect called tetralogy of fallot, which is a defect that compromises the heart's valves and their productivity. By the time I was 20 it was time for my pulmonic and aortic valves to be replaced, and when I was 21 they were replaced. I was extremely nervous about this operation, I didn't know what to expect considering I didn't remember what my first surgeries were like since I was a baby. Every doctorÂ kept telling me that there was a 1% chance of death, stroke, infection anything bad that could happen the chances were wildly slim.Â Everything seemed fine until October 2018, when I was about five months post op and running high sporadic fevers. We quickly went to the ER to find out that I was the 1% andÂ one of my new valves had gotten endocarditis, an infection in that attacks the heart's valves. This meant that I was going to withdraw from college and move back home and wait while I received IV antibiotics to go back into the operating room. In November 2018 I received an ONx valve and I couldn't be happier. I'm now six and a half months post op and just started cardiac rehab. Even though this has been a tough year I'm feeling pretty great and ready to start feeling like me again !