Heart to Heart with Anna

Juggling Tetralogy of Fallot and Epilepsy

October 26, 2021 Melanie Letzer Season 16 Episode 321
Heart to Heart with Anna
Juggling Tetralogy of Fallot and Epilepsy
Show Notes

What is it like to be the mom of not one but two children with CHD? 

How can you manage epilepsy in a child with CHD?

Melanie Letzer is a geriatric nurse practitioner. She lives in Maryland with her husband Jack and their three children. Her older son, Freddy, now 16, was born with Tetralogy of Fallot with Pulmonary Atresia with Multiple Aortopulmonary Collateral Arteries (MAPCAS). Her younger son, Nicholas, now 5, was also born with TOF and later developed epilepsy. Melanie and John also have a heart-healthy daughter, Alexandra, who is 13.

In this episode of "Heart to Heart with Anna," Melanie talks with Anna about finding out her sons would be born with heart defects, their surgical treatments, and what it was like for Melanie to have a heart-healthy daughter. She also talks a bit about their family dynamic and their philosophy in living with chronic illness.

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