I was in my mid 30s and pregnant with my first child when I went in for an echocardiogram. I knew something was wrong the minute they put me in a conference room after the procedure. Then five people walked in to talk to me. My son, they told me, had severe heart defects and would be facing serious health issues. Ryan was born on March 14 and immediately underwent open-heart surgery the next day. He had a second operation six months later and a third at the age of 3.