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My son Noah was born with a congenital heart defect called Tetrology of Fallot. For the longest time, this is the only defect that we knew about. He had his first heart surgery when he was three months old. By the time he needed his next heart surgery he was three and we had discovered that he had speech and developmental delays. During this surgery his cardiologist took a sample of blood for a FISH test. We found that Noah had what the cardiologist called DiGeorge Syndrome. When we went to the genetics doctor we found that the actual hereditary definition is 22q11 deletion. Since then Noah has had surgery for a sub-mucous cleft palate, eye glasses, teeth issues and learning delays. Noah’s speech is much better now and he continues to struggle in learning. This year we took Noah out of public school to teach him at home. Noah loves to read, write and draw. He also is a big cuddler even as he is becoming a young man. He is very loving and strives to make us and God proud every day.

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