Open Heart Surgery Research Paper

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No child should have to endure the pain of knowing that they will have to undergo the knife. Yet at the mere age of four, I was faced with just that. I was born with an atrial septal defect, a birth defect that causes the presence of a hole in the septum of the heart between the two upper chambers. This type of defect usually corrects itself within the first few years of a child’s life but in the unfortunate circumstance where it does not, open heart surgery is needed to repair the hole. At the time of my surgery, I was living in Enid, Oklahoma with my parents, older brother, and younger sister. My parents wanted nothing less than the best for me and that happened to be a cardiac surgeon working at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee. Luckily my mother’s side of my family lives in Lexington, Tennessee and was able to care for my siblings throughout my treatment, as well as provide high spirits for my parents and me during visiting hours…show more content…
They went above and beyond their job requirements to make a patient and her family comfortable during a very difficult time. In the years following my surgery I frequently visited doctors offices for testing and check ups. With these visits, I was exposed to inspirational doctors as well as some that fell short of expectations. I learned through first hand experience the magnitude of the impact a doctor can have on their patients lives. This knowledge has driven me to pursue a pre-med bachelors degree, in hope to attend an excellent medical school and further more become a pediatric oncologist. There is no greater cause that I can imagine devoting my life to than delivering the needed care and support to children and their families while they go through the most unimaginable situation. I want to be the doctor who handed that scared child a beanie baby right before her surgery to stop her
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