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A 27-year-old male asked:

my daughter has had 6 open heart surgeries and she is 7 years old. the stress from this has caused me to physically get ill and i can't function.

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Consult professional: Please speak with the staff at your daughter's heart clinic/group. Often there are support groups for parents of cardiac patients. Also, speak with your family, doctor or clergy person for guidance and support. There is help out there for you. Please take advantage of it.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Absolutely! Our pede cardiology group has a psychologist & medical social worker. No parent can do this gargantuan task alone.
Jan 22, 2013
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Ask your doctor to: Refer you to mental health providers. No parent can grieve + reorganize family life around a child's special healthcare needs without help. When cabin pressure drops in a plane, put on your own oxygen mask first, then help your child. Find a care-coordinator from her doctor's office, a chd family support group, a respite-care agency, or your insurance agency & make time to take care of yourself.

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