Maddie's family mission is to offer HOPE to other Heart families and to spread Congenital Heart Defect awareness.
Mend Maddie's Heart - Springfield, MA
If you are, or know of a CHD family, please feel free to contact us. So many new and expectant parents are devastated and scared about having a child born with Congenital Heart Defects. It can feel that life just threw a curve ball that you're not prepared to catch. We're here to offer hope and to just have someone to talk with. We will share available resources that can help you with some financial & emotional needs. We are here to help
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A bit about Maddie...
Madilyn Alivia Gettis was born on June 29, 2010 with 5 Congenital Heart Defects. • Tricuspid Atresia • Hyploplastic Right Heart Syndrome • Atrial Septal Defect • Ventricular Septal Defect • Pulmonary Valve Stenosis. She has undergone 3 open heart surgeries so far and will need additional medical/surgical intervention as she grows. The right side of Maddie's Heart never developed due to the absence of her Tricuspid Valve. She is living with only half of a heart.
Maddie is the daughter of Edward Gettis, an active duty US Navy Corpsman and Lindsay Gettis, a Pediatric Nurse. Fortunately, so far, all of Maddie's medical costs have been covered by their Military insurance. A staggering amount of heart families are not as fortunate. The cost of raising a sick child can financially shatter a family.
Maddie's two grandmothers decided to help other heart families and founded Mend Maddie's Heart Corp. Their hopes are to assist families, hopefully allowing them to worry less and have more time to love...