Monday, October 12, 2009

A Heart for Nursing

Three open heart surgeries within a year was the inspiration that Stacy Black needed to propel her decision to get a nursing degree.

Stacy’s seven year old daughter had Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD), Pulmonary Atresia, (an extremely rare form of congenital heart disease), and Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA).

At five days old she had open heart surgery at Vanderbilt Medical Center, then at six months of age, and again at one year. “She is due to have another surgery in her teen years. Hopefully this will be her last,” said Stacy.

Stacy is in positive spirits. “This is what inspired me to become a nurse. I really want to get into Pediatric Cardiology,” said Stacy. She is thirty years old, and is hoping to get into the highly coveted TSU nursing program through Vol State. “It is very competitive and only thirty students usually get selected,” said Stacy.

Stacy isn't the only one who is in positive spirits. According to Stacy her daughter is very happy and active. “You can’t slow her down! She loves playing softball and wants to cheer,” Stacy said. She is very active in sports despite the surgeries she has been through.

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