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limp for about a year but for­tu­nately she hasn’t had much pain af­ter the surgery and no sign of a limp ei­ther. A few weeks ago we went for her nine month post­surgery re­view with her sur­geon and he told us So­phie was cured! The an­gles of her hip are 22 on her good side and 26 on her bad side. This means the an­gles of her hips are within in the nor­mal lim­its. Her sur­geon will have to keep mon­i­tor­ing her as she grows and her next re­view is in 2016. So­phie is now three years and six months old. She loves to play out­doors and throw a ball around, read­ing books and play­ing with her sis­ter and – we are proud to say – danc­ing to Frozen’s world­wide tod­dler favourite, Let It Go. He might be the spe­cial­ist, but you are the par­ents and no ques­tion is silly. Seek the care of a med­i­cal pro­fes­sional who knows and spe­cialises in CHD, and dou­ble check his cre­den­tials. Don’t be afraid to seek a sec­ond opin­ion, es­pe­cially if you don’t agree with the care your child is be­ing pro­vided with, and seek the sup­port of other par­ents who have or are go­ing through CHD with their child. The doc­tors say that CHD is a pain­less con­di­tion but as a mother I am not so sure about that. CHD gets missed all the time and this just should not be hap­pen­ing. There should be a some­one in ev­ery ma­ter­nity ward who is trained to iden­tify CHD in ba­bies, and each baby born should be checked for the con­di­tion. YB

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