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Addison Started Turning Gray Right After She Was Born

It wasn't until after her daughter, Addison, was born that Jennifer learned the truth about SSRI antidepressants and the data linking their use to birth defects.Jennifer Curlette took the antidepressant Zoloft while pregnant with her second child. She continued to take Zoloft, known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant, because the label had no warnings about it affecting her baby. Jennifer was also reassured by the manufacturer of the drug, Pfizer, which touted it as a safe medication to use during pregnancy.

It wasn’t until after her daughter, Addison, was born that Jennifer learned the truth about SSRI antidepressants and the data linking their use to birth defects.

Moments after Addison Curlette was born, her little body began turning gray. What should have been a moment of celebration quickly turned into one of panic. Addison was rushed to a specialist who diagnosed the newborn with a congenital heart defect called Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return (TAPVR).

With TAPVR, none of the four veins that drain blood from the lungs to the heart are attached — as they should be — to the left atrium of the heart. This means that the oxygenated blood that is normally pumped throughout the entire body only circles between the heart and the lungs. TAPVR, fatal if not corrected, can lead to poor growth, frequent respiratory infections, arrhythmias and cynosis (blue discoloration of the skin).

Addison was also diagnosed with ventricular septal defect (VSD) which is an opening between the right and left ventricles. At only days old, Addison underwent open heart surgery to correct her heart defects.

Had Jennifer been properly warned by Pfizer about the risks associated with ingesting Zoloft during pregnancy, she would not have continued to use the drug during her pregnancy with Addison. Unfortunately, Jennifer did not have such information, and now, Addison will suffer for the rest of her life.

By Nicole K. H. Maldonado  Google+

The real names of this family have been changed.