Donna Trhlin Lives
Updated: May 7, 2019
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Donna Marie Trhlin was born September 12, 1964 at St. Alexis Hospital after her birth it was discovered that she had a rare heart condition known as “transposition of the great vessels”. Her arteries were reversed which was allowing the blood flow to mix up in the holes of her chambers. Two months later she was admitted to Rainbow, Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland Ohio for surgery. At two months old she under went a procedure called “shunt” which was to allow her blood to be rerouted into her heart chamber in order to immediately bring oxygen to her heart. During her recovery Donna was kept in a glass incubator with a picture of St. Jude that her father taped to watch over her. St. Jude the patron saint of some hopeless and desperate cases watched over Donna day and night and allowed her to be sent home. In the months that followed during a routine checkup it was found that her oxygen levels had fallen from 98% to 48% and needed to be corrected immediately as a blood clot was likely and would be fatal. So within being alive for 6 months Donna was again on the operating table for another procedure where they would be routing her opposite lung to the opposite chamber to allow proper blood flow.
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