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A 35-year-old female asked:

my child has hypo plastic right heart syndrome, are these children more needy?

2 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Not emotionally : Having congenital heart disease does not necessarily preclude emotional neediness as long as they feel secure with their caregivers. The ARE more needful of frequent medical evaluations and a good medical team.
Dr. Aaron Roland
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Serious!!: this is a serious condition which requires a series of surgeries and ultimately requires heart transplant. It is possible that some may be less seriously affected but your child will certainly need special attention.

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