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Community News: MO First Steps helps Diana meet development milestones (3/15/21)

Diana Petrie has fun pouring Cheerios with her MO First Steps therapist.

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Spunky personality and happy disposition is how the team decribes Diana, 2-year-old daughter of Elizabeth and Edward Petrie. She is one of four children, filling the family home with laughter and excitement. Her favorite things to play are: baby dolls, singing and dancing with anyone, building with blocks, books, and being outside. Her favorite snack is popcorn.

Diana’s family has a history of hearing loss and after she was born at 39 weeks, Diana failed her newborn hearing screen and continued to fail on rechecks. She was seen at Children’s Mercy in Kansas City. Her doctor visit showed she had fluid, but she has not had any illnesses or ear infections. Other concerns included her very slow growth in both height and weight. She also was not yet holding her head up in a steady position.

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How a Longtime Heart Disease Survivor Helps Others Facing Surgery

Jessica Vargas-Miranda.

Jessica has lived with congenital heart disease since being diagnosed at seven months old and never let it slow her down. Here she is pictured with her dog hiking in the Santa Ysabel West Preserve. Each weekend, Jessica and her husband hike nearly 10 miles.

Jessica Vargas-Miranda in the hospital.

Jessica in 2013, recovering at UC San Diego Health from her fourth heart surgery.

When Jessica Vargas-Miranda was just 9 months old, she underwent open heart surgery after doctors determined she suffered from congenital heart disease. Two months later, she underwent heart surgery again. By the time she was 30, she had endured four open heart procedures.

“I’m the oldest of three. I was born a healthy baby to a loving family. I was growing normally according to all medical standards, but when I was 7 months old my mom noticed something wasn’t right,” said Jessica. “I began sweating profusely and was losing weight, and

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