Reiss MaeLene


Reiss MaeLene was born October 3, 2012.  Reiss was diagnosed with some sort of congenital heart defect (CHD) at a gestational age of 20 weeks.  From that ultrasound, we went on a whirlwind of new information, trips to St. Louis Children’s Hospital (SLCH), and doctors visits.  We were induced at 39 weeks, Reiss had her first catheter procedure to place a stent in her PDA when she was 7 days old, a second catheter procedure to widen the stent when she was 3 months old, and open heart surgery at 10 months old where doctors performed a Glenn procedure.

In February of 2015, Reiss started having hemoptysis (coughing of blood) consistently.  Over the next three months, she was in and out of SLCH four separate times trying to combat, diagnose, and treat the issue.  The hypothesis was that her body was creating extra collaterals, which were then bursting in her lungs, causing the hemoptysis.  Reiss was then scheduled for the 2nd surgery necessary to make her heart a single ventricle heart – The Fontan – for August 2015.

Unfortunately, the Fontan did not guarantee hemoptysis will subside, or even diminish at all.  Therefore, we decided to seek multiple second opinions.  When Reiss’ surgery was postponed due to a lack of bed space in the CICU at SLCH in August 2015, and all three of our second opinions came in with the opinion to NOT do the Fontan, we decided to cancel the SLCH surgery all together and look for a new hospital.

Reiss had her second and third open heart surgeries at Texas Children’s Hospital  (TCH) in May and June of 2016.  What an amazing turn around she had after her classic repair!

Thank you for following us on this journey!

Reiss’s diagnosis

Here are the issues with Reiss’s heart…


Our Superhero


2 thoughts on “Reiss MaeLene

  1. My heart and soul goes out to my family the kaderlys. I have prayed for baby Reiss from the beginning and I will continue to pray for her and the family. God bless and keep you all surrounded with his loving and healing you all.Soulfully in prayer.

  2. I am praying for this sweet girl. I am so glad to have found this through Carey Stratton. I will be lifting your daughter up daily. My daughter had heart surgery at 6 months and I know a small small taste of this difficult trial. May you all be strengthened in Christ Jesus.

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