Going the distance to save 15-month-old from Boyne City

Pregnant for the first time in 2015, Amy Lahti eagerly anticipated bringing a baby into her family. Her husband, Bob, had been diagnosed with a heart defect as a child, so the couple knew there was a chance their baby could face similar complications.

At a routine 20-week ultrasound at a local hospital, they were told something was wrong with the left side of their daughter’s heart. The diagnosis meant Amy and her baby would require care from a specialized cardiovascular team. Her baby would need at least three open-heart surgeries to live, and this condition had no cure.

Amy knew from day one that she wanted this care to come from the Mott congenital heart team. The only catch? The hospital was a four-hour drive from their home in Boyne City. This meant the couple made regular day trips to Ann Arbor throughout Amy’s pregnancy.

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