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Silent Cries

Silent Cries
Families who experience raising a child with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (a congenital heart defect) reveal to others the struggles they may face to sustain their child?s life.

Tucker was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), a rare congenital heart defect (CHD) that causes the left two chambers of the heart to be severely underdeveloped. Basically, Tucker was born with half a heart. It was twenty-four hours after birth when a nurse observed Tucker was breathing rapidly. The doctor ordered an echocardiogram which confirmed HLHS, and immediate action needed to be taken or Tucker would not survive within the next week or two . . . if not days. The only option for Tucker?s survival would be to undergo three stages of open heart surgery; the first at twelve days old.

?Silent Cries? is the first feature-length documentary film focused on HLHS and follows Trent and Dena as they raise their son, Tucker after having two open heart surgeries and a third scheduled in 2013. The film is produced as a stepping stone for assisting families in advocating the HLHS defect, and to educate society its existence, its lack of awareness and the struggles families are facing when their child is born with half a heart. Many parents who struggle to sustain their ?heart? baby?s life is more often a silent message; a plea for assistance. ?Silent Cries? includes top medical professionals, clinical researchers, charitable organizations, support groups, and educators of HLHS around the nation (and introduces other forms of CHDs) to provide answers, awareness and research for congenital heart defects. Additionally, the film reveals pre and post operative outcomes regarding newly developed procedures and technological advances for patients with HLHS.

Parents of children born with HLHS may shed some light on the subject to others for assistance. However, as a video producer (and a father who?s first child was born with HLHS), my intent for this production is to shine that light further. My first-born child was diagnosed with HLHS (1999-2000). My wife and I took on a professional knowledge that required us to face a responsibility that changed our lives forever. We quickly learned the importance of both individual and team effort as well as acquired and delivered professional knowledge along the way. We want to show society as a visual perspective the impact HLHS or ANY form of CHD can have on a child and his/her family. It is here that we begin our journey for answers, awareness, support, love, and research regarding one of the most complex CHD?s in children ? the Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome Defect.
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