This is Kaitlyn Patricia Cahill one of two twin girls born into the Cahill Family on February 16, 2011 with Congenital Heart Defects.
Kaitlyn will be 4 this February.
Kaitlyn was born with Tricuspid Atresia, Pulmonary Atresia,
Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome, and non-compaction cardiomyopathy, with a later diagnosis of Left Pulmonary Artery Stenosis. Kaitlyn has undergone 4 open heart surgeries and two life saving catheterization procedures. She has also had a cardiac arrest and overcome renal and heart failure. Kaitlyn is a true fighter and although her heart function is compromised, her function still falls in the normal range. The results of her most recent catheterization were described by the doctor as “amazing”. She is currently being monitored by Stonybrook Pediatric Cardiology and recovering from her Fontan Surgery earlier this year at Mt Sinai Hospital. Kaitlyn’s nutrition is still supplemented via GTube and she is now followed by neurology after being diagnosed with Epilepsy last June. Despite it all Kaitlyn is very active, tenacious and strong. She tries very hard to keep up with her sister and older brother Patrick and has to give everything her all. She loves having company, getting dressed up and watching Daniel Tiger and Caillou. Kaitlyn started preschool in September and loves taking the bus to school. She is doing really well and loves getting out of the house. We are so proud of Kaitlyn and all she has overcome. She is a miracle and gift to our family and we love her to pieces.