Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)

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My life could not have begun without my parents and continued the path it has taken without their support. Both my parents were born in Cambodia, my father born before the Khmer Rouge and my mother was born toward the end of it. At eleven years old, my father fled the country with my grandfather and lived in Thailand as a refugee. In 1979, my father came to the United States and quickly became a US citizen. In 1996 my parents married and a year later, my mother came to the US. I was born in 1998 with Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA). The ductus arteriosus is only open when a child is in the womb and should close after birth to prevent the oxygenated blood from mixing with the deoxygenated blood in the heart. PDA put a tremendous strain on my heart and lungs and not too long after birth; the doctors put me on a ventilator. A surgery was suggested, called PDA ligation, which involved closing the PDA with a small clip. The doctors had explained to my parents that the surgery may not be successful and if it was, there could be certain lasting effects such as being blind, deaf or mental retardation. Enlisting in the US Air Force in 1995, my father planned to stay active for four years. I recently learned…show more content…
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