Friday, October 19, 2012

PCMC Appointment: Study (Part 2 of 3)

This section will be a little shorter, but I thought it was really interesting and I wanted to make note of it.  After we spoke with the cardiologist, a very nice lady came into the room to talk to us about being a part of a genetics study.  Basically, they are finding over 4,000 participants with congenital heart defects and studying their DNA to see if there is any genetic link to why they have it.  They will take blood samples from both me and Tim, and they will also use the blood from the umbilical cord for the baby (so they don't have to poke him again...since that will happen more than we want anyway).

This was another one of those "wow" moments for me...that we are going to have a baby where people want to use his condition to improve the medical community.  Apparently, we are going to be approached a lot to be part of different studies and it is just crazy to think about.  It will be interesting to be a part of, that is for sure. 


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Joshua Kent Ipson was born December 1, 2012 with a very complicated combination of congenital heart defects. After 2 1/2 months of fighting for his life, he passed away on February 13, 2013. We invite you to share our experiences as we grieve his loss, rejoice in God's plan, & keep Joshua's message of hope alive.
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