Leslie is our Regional Vice President of the Southeast Region and this is her story:
The term “miracle baby” doesn’t even begin to describe my daughter Courtney. Around the 26th week of my pregnancy, my husband and I learned some shocking news about our daughter – her ultrasound had uncovered a very rare congenital heart defect known as Truncus Arteriosis. Essentially, Courtney was missing her aortic valve and had only one valve open to both sides of her heart. The doctors didn’t know if she would survive the final weeks in the womb.
But on December 29th, 2003, our prayers were finally answered. Courtney came into this world weighing a healthy 7 pounds, 9 ounces. Medical staff immediately transported her to a local Children’s Hospital and 4 days later she underwent her first open heart surgery to implant a heart valve and repair other structures. Courtney recovered and, at the age of 5, endured her second open heart surgery to overhaul her failing heart valves and implant a mechanical aortic valve.
Now 13 years old, Courtney is a spitfire! She is in amazing health, is incredibly active, and has no limitations (other than contact sports). Her tough journey and current good health make me realize that I’m so fortunate to work for such a great company – one that puts an emphasis on wellness and truly cares about people.