Five months after giving birth to their third child, Alan and Lindsay Markos of Greenfield are finally adjusting to life being normal.
Their daughter, Autumn, was born with the most severe type of Ebstein’s Anomaly, a congenital heart defect where the right side of the heart is not functioning correctly, so not enough blood is pumped into the lungs.
Making matters worse, Autumn also had a sealed pulmonary valve, which usually allows blood to flow from the heart to the lungs. Doctors gave Autumn only a 60 percent chance to make it to delivery, but on Oct. 1, as soon as Lindsay reached the 37th week of her pregnancy, Autumn was born.
After a half-dozen open-heart surgeries through her first six weeks, Autumn was placed on the heart transplant list, and on Feb. 3, she received her new heart.
Autumn was in the cardiac intensive care center at Children’s Hospital in nearby Wauwatosa for nearly five months, but three weeks after her transplant, she was finally able to go home and be with her parents and two siblings.