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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A resident of Fort St. John is looking to raise awareness of Tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart defect that her baby boy was born with this past Summer.

Jessica Radford calls her baby boy, Nolan, a “heart warrior”. While getting a routine 20-week ultrasound and anatomy scan, as well as finding out her baby’s gender, Radford and her boyfriend, Justin, were informed that Nolan’s heart and kidneys were hard to discern.

According to the CDC, TOF is a birth defect that affects normal blood flow through the heart. It happens when a baby’s heart does not form correctly as the baby grows and develops in the mother’s womb during pregnancy.

In most cases, the cause is still unknown. Most newborns who have TOF could turn blue (cyanotic), have shortness of breath, rapid breathing, low energy, sleepiness, and physical delays.

According to Radford’s GoFundMe page for baby Nolan, they visited the Cardiology team at the Vancouver Women’s and Children’s Hospital and were informed of the congenital heart defect.

TOF is a combination of four congenital heart abnormalities:

Baby Nolan went in for corrective open-heart surgery on January 27th.

“He is smiling, brave, showing his battle scars, and is full of more energy than ever,” says Radford via the page.

Radford is hoping to bring awareness to congenital heart defects as they can affect one in 100 children.

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