CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Hannah Noelle Tallent was born February 9th, 2001. Close to Valentine's Day. Fitting, because Hannah was born with a delicate heart.
She's the newest one of our amazing #MollysKids.
This sophomore at Burns High School in Lawndale had her first of three reconstructive heart surgeries at 7 days old. Her diagnosis was hypoplastic left heart syndrome, which means the left heart is severely under-developed. It affects how your blood would normally flow through your heart.
Hannah was 6 months old at the time of her second surgery. The third surgery came when she was three. All were at Levine Children's Hospital and performed by Dr. Larry Watts.
"I'm writing in this season of humbleness to ask if you can help me honor him," mom Samantha Davis said. "Hannah has done really well over the years. She grew up having to be careful of over-exertion at recess, is on daily maintenance medication and we'll have precautions as she gets older, but we are grateful to him and all the love and care we've received from a team of professionals through the years."
How nice. I get emails all the time from wonderful families with kind intentions. Very few are about a specific nurse or doctor they're hoping to highlight. Love that.
Hannah will be 16 in February. She's currently learning to drive.
"She can't wait," said Samantha. "Like any teenage girl, she can't wait."
Samantha also has this advice to all pregnant woman: "Get your pre-natal testing!"
Pre-natal testing is how Samantha says she found out about Hannah's heart. It was somewhat random – the test was actually for spina bifida and open skull. Those tests came back fine but they showed something might not be right with her baby's heart, so Samantha ordered a more thorough exam which showed the CHD.
"Sixteen years later we are taking it one day at a time and celebrating every milestone," Samantha said. "We live life with an attitude of gratitude."
*Editor's note: This is about one of #MollysKids, children WBTV Anchor Molly Gr antham follows closely on her Facebook page. It was first published
there – which is why it's written in a personal way. For years Molly has followed hundreds of kids with uphill medical battles. Find this story (and updates on all #MollysKids) here.