Chiropractic Care for Survivors of Congenital Heart Defects
Callie Rickard is the mother of a child with a severe, congenital heart defect. Callie is a wife and stay-at-home mom to Diana, Alex, and DJ. After a normal pregnancy, she welcomed DJ into the world on June 23, 2003. DJ was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome at two days old, and then later Shone’s Complex with severe pulmonary hypertension. DJ has had seven open-heart surgeries, (five before his first birthday), one at age two and his last one at age seven. He’s had four aortic and mitral valves replaced. He received the smallest mechanical mitral valve ever placed in a baby. In 2010 a heart and double lung transplant was recommended but DJ was considered too high risk. After his last open-heart surgery, he suffered a massive brain hemorrhage requiring two brain surgeries. He recovered and looks like any other normal, healthy boy but it was a bit of a struggle for him to get to this point. Today Callie will tell us about how she sought chiropractic care for DJ since physical therapy alone wasn’t helping him as much as she had hoped in his recovery.
Dr. Tom Saeman is a husband to his beautiful wife Starlet and father to his three wonderful children Zachary, Joshua, and Haley . Dr. Tom did his undergrad studies at University of Montana and then went to Western states chiropractic college. He’s now been in practice for 18 years focusing on educating his patients on the neurological system, spinal health, nutrition and exercise. Dr. Tom has so much compassion for what it is that he can share about chiropractic care and the benefits that can improve all of our lives, no matter what age. Dr. Tom has a very strong Christian faith and it reflects in everything he does. He is definitely a man whose life is fed by being able to give to others
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