Posted: Feb 19, 2015 12:22 PM
Updated: Mar 02, 2015 1:55 PM
By Bobby Shuttleworth
Just months old, Raegen already has a pacemaker but is need of a full heart transplant. (Source: Family)
MADISON, AL (WAFF) –
Born in October 2014, Raegan Preslyn Morell is the second child for Brian and Jessica Morell. She is also the younger sister of 4-year-old Riley, who is staying with her aunt.
Another aunt, Sarah Solomon, sat down with us to tell Raegan’s story.
“Raegan was born Oct. 22 at Athens/Limestone Hospital,” Solomon began. “Her mom, Jessica, and her husband, Brian, were told that she was a healthy baby. But the day after she was born, her pediatrician came in to see Raegan and said she had a heart murmur.”
She was sent to a Huntsville Pediatric cardiologist. But the problem, Sarah says, was worse that originally thought.
“He did an echocardiogram and he said that she had a heart defect that she was born with, so he thought it would be best to send her to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham. She had an interrupted aortic arch.”
That meant open heart surgery, which took place in early November.
“They took an artery from her right arm,” Solomon explained, “and they replaced her aortic arch. They also put in a pacemaker to help control her heart rhythm and rate.”
As it turned out. it wasn’t enough.