Healing Little Hearts
This is our beautiful daughter, Jessica Renee, who died during open heart surgery before her second birthday. To honor her and help others, we have established this foundation to support other children and their families dealing with heart defects.
Congenital heart defects (CHDs) affect about 40,000 births per year in the United States. While heart defects are common, advances in medical technology and practice are making it possible for more patients to survive into adulthood, with high quality of life. In addition to the medical expenses, families of children with heart defects face other costs such as lifestyle changes, emotional/physical stress, family uncertainty, and being unable to return to work in order to care for their child. Jessie’s Heart supports these children and their families emotionally, physically and financially.
Jessie’s Heart’s mission is to provide support for children with heart defects that reduces emotional, physical and financial stress for the family.
About Congenital Heart Defects
The heart ailment is a defect or abnormality. A defect results when the heart or blood vessels near the heart don’t develop normally before birth. There are different types of congenital heart defects, treatments and tests that will be reviewed by your healthcare team.
Access the articles below for more information:
- Healthy Heart Function
- Common Types of Heart Defects
- Aortic Valve Stenosis (AVS)
- Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)
- Coarctation of the Aorta (CoA)
- Complete Atrioventricular Canal defect (CAVC)
- d-Transposition of the Great Arteries
- Ebstein’s Anomaly
- Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
- I-Transposition of the Great Arteries
- Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
- Pulmonary Atresia
- Pulmonary Valve Stenosis
- Single Ventricle Defects
- Tetralogy of Fallot
- Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Connection (TAPVC)
- Tricuspid Atresia
- Truncus Arteriosus
- Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD)
To read more about heart disease please visit the American Heart Association
Jessie’s Heart’s use the symbol of the heart and dragonfly.
The heart symbolizes the love, charity, joy and compassion of children with heart defects.
The dragonfly symbolizes adaptability and transformation. Through continuous change comes self-realization and a search for the deeper meaning of life. Children with heart defects are mentally and emotionally mature. They bravely face multiple procedures and surgeries over their lifetime with confidence, ease and grace.
Founder and Executive Director of Jessie’s Heart
As Jessie’s mom, JC is passionate about bringing hope to the families of children with heart disease through financial assistance and gifts of the heart. Her husband, five grown children and seven grandchildren are all involved in supporting this amazing mission.