Baby Treated for Transposition of the Great Arteries Thriving at Age Three

For immediate release: July 24, 2014

Feren Taylor is an example of how expectant parents get the full scope of care throughout their pregnancies and after by well-coordinated teams of experts at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). Her baby girl was diagnosed in utero with congenital heart disease (CHD), so both mom and daughter received highly specialized pre-natal care and were looked after by a waiting team of newborn and children’s heart experts at Faith’s delivery.

Fetal heart ultrasounds helped diagnose baby Faith with several heart defects before she was born, including transposition of the great arteries; meaning that instead of her aorta coming from the left ventricle of her heart and the pulmonary artery coming from the right ventricle, as is the case with a normal heart, Faith’s great arteries and lower chambers of the heart were incorrectly connected. There was also a hole between the lower chambers of the heart (known as ventricular septal defect), the upper chambers of her heart (known as atrial septal defect) and a case of pulmonary atresia, where a blocked valve made it impossible for blood to get from the heart to the lungs.

Watch a video of Faith and Feren Taylor and continue reading their story