Hundreds of tiny red hats delivered to OU Medical Center
OKLAHOMA CITY —
Hundreds of tiny red hats were delivered to the Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center Friday.
They'll be given to babies born in the hospital throughout February in honor of National Heart Health Month. There to deliver the hats was 4-year-old Olivia Seagraves.
Livi, as her family so adoringly calls her, was born with a congenital heart defect. Her mom, Christina, says she first learned of Livi's defect when she was 17-weeks pregnant.
"They ended up sending us to Dallas, and she was born,” Christina said. “She had an open-heart surgery at eight days old to correct some of the defects she was born with, and that ended up failing and she was listed for a heart transplant."
Livi received her new heart when she was four months old. She has thrived ever since. She’s now helping raise awareness through the Oklahoma City American Heart Association's Little Hats, Big Hearts program.
"We kind of sent an all call out for local knitters and crocheters to provide hats and they did; they went to work and provided over 500 hats in just a couple of months,” said Director of Communications Steven Embree.
The hats were delivered just in time for National Wear Red Day. Doctor Faisal Latif is an interventional cardiologist. He says the fight against heart disease begins with prevention.
"The lifestyle interventions should be universal for every woman regardless if they have any heart illness or not,” Latif said.
This includes a healthy diet low in fat and carbohydrates. Latif says regular exercise is also a must. And if you have doubts, let little Livi inspire you. She could teach us all a lesson or two.