(WDIV) Landon Ryder Bertin faced an uphill battle before he was even born.
“Definitely a fighter from the start. We went through a lot before he even came into this world,” said Heather Bertin, Landon’s mother. “I was in a major car accident when I was about eight or nine weeks pregnant, and he survived that.”
A complicated pregnancy followed, with Bertin suffering bleeding, high blood pressure and, ultimately, pre-eclampsia, forcing doctors to deliver Landon early.
Joy quickly turned to concern. Landon was struggling to breathe.
“They were going to take him into the intensive care unit, just to keep an eye on him,” said Brian Bertin, Landon’s father. “It was like the middle of the night when they woke us up to tell us that there was an issue.”
Landon was rushed to another hospital where doctors discovered a heart defect.
“He was diagnosed, officially, with pulmonary atresia with VSD. It’s a ventricular septal defect,” Heather Bertin said.
According to the March of Dimes, nearly one in 100 babies in the United States is born with a heart defect, making it the most common type of birth defect.
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