Heart Disease Community
pulmonary hypertension
About This Community:

This patient support community is for discussions relating to angina, angioplasty, arrhythmia, bypass surgery, cardiomyopathy, coronary artery disease, defibrillator, heart attack, heart disease, mitral valve, pacemaker, PAD, stenosis, and stress tests.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

pulmonary hypertension

my daughter was 3 yrs old..and she had pulmonary hypertension...has anybody experienced this?
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
hi there,

Listen, I just want to say that you should not blame yourself.  I'm not going to pretend to understand the pain you have endured and the guilt that goes with it.  I am a mom too and I cannot fathom losing one of my girls.  I am a nurse, and while I know people should generally trust their doctors, I have learned through my experiences that often times the patients and their families must be advocates for their health and NOT to blindly trust the medical system.  As was your case, and I am so sorry that the doctors didn't diagnose her in time.

Hindsight is 20/20, as you know, and there is no way you could have prevented the disease.  Back in 1996, I'm not sure what kind of treatments would have been available for her either. Also, you were so young and being naive goes with the territory, there's just no way around that.  I hope you can forgive yourself, I am sure your daughter would not want you to be suffering so many years later.  I hope that doesn't sound hollow, I am being sincere in that you can help others with your story, to encourage others to continue to seek answers if their gut is telling them something is wrong or if doctors keep dismissing problems.  The fact nobody was held accountable is disgraceful on the medical community that let you and your daughter down.  I encourage you to keep going, keep spreading the word, and to honour your daughter's memory by helping others who are learning to become their own health advocates.  

All the best for you and your family.  Being a mom is hard work and the worry and guilt seem to go hand in hand with the job.  But in this case, this was really not your fault and I hoped these doctors and everyone involved in your daughter's case have learned something from it and this situation will NEVER happen again to another family.  
7 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
can you tell me how this was diagnosed? how old is she now? on medications?
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
why i asked this is because it was never diagnosed..only confirmed in her post mortem...,when she was 3 yrs and 9 months old..
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
I am so sorry for your loss.  Pulmonary hypertension can affect children too.. the following I took directly from the Boston Children's hospital:

some congenital (present at birth) abnormalities of the heart
  
some lung diseases, often related to prematurity

diseases that primarily affect other organs, such as scleroderma, some liver diseases, hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia, AIDS/HIV and sickle cell disease
  
abnormal function of the left ventricle
  
chronic thromboembolic disease, in which many small blood clots formed elsewhere travel into the lungs and are lodged there
  
environmental factors, such as exposure to the drugs fenfluramine and dexfenfluramine (Fen-phen) or spending a lot of time at high altitudes

** here is the link to the website:
http://www.childrenshospital.org/az/Site510/mainpageS510P1.html

Again, I am so sorry for your loss.
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
and I should mention, even as adults, sometimes diagnosis of this disease can unfortunately take a long time.  Symptoms of PH can mimic MANY other things and PH is often diagnosed after most other things have been excluded.  So please know that this diagnosis can take a while to come by, especially if the physician isn't familiar with it or doesn't order specific tests.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
hi,can i first of all thankyou for your kind words and also for your help and advice,it truely does mean a lot when somebody takes time out to offer help and support..thats why i value medhelp so much..so again,thankyou.
my daughter was born prematurely..33 wks gestation,and although many problems were occuring in her general developement..other than those signs of prematurity..doctors could never give us answers as they just didnt know them..or do enough to find them. my daughter had a rare syndrome.22q11.2 which wasnt found till just before we lost her,and my daughter now also has the same syndrome as it is genetic..my daughter now is 18 and thank god she doesnt have the heart complications related but she still has other conditions which i worry over every single day...
i feel so let down over my daughter i lost,because if i knew back then what i know now...all the signs were there,i was just 17 when i had her and 21 when i lost her..i was naieve.  i put my trust in doctors,as people should,but i was fobbed off,because pulmonary hypertension in children is so rare,it was overlooked..my daughter also suffered with her bowels..hirshbrungs disease..and she suffered..but it wasnt found till her post mortem. i could go on forever about what should of and could of been done,it still haunts me now,nobody was held accountable,and if you knew my story then somebody should of.. but i lost her in 1996,and my life has never been the same since.. her heart was 3 times the size it should of been in her post mortem..she was only 3yrs and 9 months..one doctor told us she was pigeon chested... that is just one detail of her endurance and there mistakes.
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
hi there,

Listen, I just want to say that you should not blame yourself.  I'm not going to pretend to understand the pain you have endured and the guilt that goes with it.  I am a mom too and I cannot fathom losing one of my girls.  I am a nurse, and while I know people should generally trust their doctors, I have learned through my experiences that often times the patients and their families must be advocates for their health and NOT to blindly trust the medical system.  As was your case, and I am so sorry that the doctors didn't diagnose her in time.

Hindsight is 20/20, as you know, and there is no way you could have prevented the disease.  Back in 1996, I'm not sure what kind of treatments would have been available for her either. Also, you were so young and being naive goes with the territory, there's just no way around that.  I hope you can forgive yourself, I am sure your daughter would not want you to be suffering so many years later.  I hope that doesn't sound hollow, I am being sincere in that you can help others with your story, to encourage others to continue to seek answers if their gut is telling them something is wrong or if doctors keep dismissing problems.  The fact nobody was held accountable is disgraceful on the medical community that let you and your daughter down.  I encourage you to keep going, keep spreading the word, and to honour your daughter's memory by helping others who are learning to become their own health advocates.  

All the best for you and your family.  Being a mom is hard work and the worry and guilt seem to go hand in hand with the job.  But in this case, this was really not your fault and I hoped these doctors and everyone involved in your daughter's case have learned something from it and this situation will NEVER happen again to another family.  
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
hi,hindsight is a wonderful thing..i know that,but i do not whatsoever blame myself..i blame myself in the sense if i knew back then what i know now...i do not blame myself one bit..i blame the doctors...i blame myself for not questioning the doctors...i do not blame myself...i was so young,i blame the doctors.. your so right..i never want this to happen to anyone else..EVER. but my daughter suffered. she so suffered ye know...my story is long and one that i find difficult talking about..believe it or not saying this is just a tiny bit of the equation....   it pisses me off..she suffered needlessly..and i was in the alderhey scandal..3 times i buried her...forgive me for being....well...just being...
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Top Heart Disease Answerers
976897_tn?1379171202
Blank
ed34
watford, United Kingdom
159619_tn?1318997813
Blank
erijon
Salt Lake City, UT
63984_tn?1385441539
Blank
Flycaster305
97303, OR
612551_tn?1247839157
Blank
Jerry_NJ
NJ
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
skydnsr
212161_tn?1391090750
Blank
heartfluttersflyawayplz
hoschton, GA
MedHelp Health Answers
Blank
BloodPressure Tracker
Monitor Your Blood Pressure
Start Tracking Now
Blank
HeartRhythm Tracker
Track your Heart Condition
Start Tracking Now
Recent Activity
1755089_tn?1376057155
Blank
drewlevas uploaded new photos
3 hrs ago
1236893_tn?1408490528
Blank
gymdandee Great Comment
6 hrs ago
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
remar commented on Doctors Appt.
6 hrs ago
Heart Disease Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Cannabis Article from NORTH Mag...
Jul 20 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
3 Reasons Why You are Still Binge E...
Jul 14 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating: What Your Closet ...
Jul 09 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
Top Heart Disease Answerers
976897_tn?1379171202
Blank
ed34
watford, United Kingdom
159619_tn?1318997813
Blank
erijon
Salt Lake City, UT
63984_tn?1385441539
Blank
Flycaster305
97303, OR
612551_tn?1247839157
Blank
Jerry_NJ
NJ
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
skydnsr
212161_tn?1391090750
Blank
heartfluttersflyawayplz
hoschton, GA