Baby born to ABQ couple fighting on despite missing half her heart
December 11, 2017 05:24 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – It was a joyous time, one that any couple would be happy to experience. Gary and Kasey Lange were waiting for their first child – a baby girl – to arrive in the world.
But along with that excitement also came some stress when the Langes learned their baby would be born with a rare condition -- she would be missing half of her heart due to a birth defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome.
It was a scary thought. They didn't know what to expect, or how hard it might be for them or for her. KOB first talked to the family a few months ago, when signs of Katherine could be found all over the couple's restaurant, Kasey's.
The Langes made the tough decision to temporarily close Kasey's and leave to Denver, where they would have access to specialists waiting to help with Katherine's condition as soon as she was born.
"It was pretty scary. Katherine was born, we got to hold onto her for a couple minutes…about a minute, I think, and they wanted to check her breathing (and) her heart right away," Gary Lange said.
Because of the extra medical attention, family members and the community had been fundraising for a while.
"They've been overwhelmed," said Chris. "I think it's been a pretty big impact on them financially. It's been a lot of stress, and I know that. I was there and I wanted to help them out where I could."
Since Katherine was born, she has had two procedures. A third is scheduled for January.
"It will basically help the blood flow easier, more to the lungs and a little more free-flowing," Kasey Lange said.
Despite some stressful times, the most important part of this journey is cradled right in Gary and Kasey's arms.
"She's a fighter. She's brave," they said. "She shows us the bravery every day and she fights every day, and we're just happy she's here with us."
Updated: December 11, 2017 05:24 PM
Created: December 10, 2017 09:05 PM
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