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Batson heart babies go red

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Friday marks National Go Red Day. Everyone is encouraged to wear red to bring awareness to heart disease -- the number one killer of U.S. women.

It's not just people going red, but the outside of the Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital in Jackson glowed in the dark with an image of the famous American Heart Association Go Red for Women dress. The logo supports putting an end to heart disease.

"More woman than men are affected and it's the most deadly killer, more than all forms of cancer combined," said Christiana Williams, the Communications Director for the local American Heart Association.

Adults aren't the only ones who get heart disease. Clinton Livingston is going red in support of his newborn son Parker who was born in January with a form of congenital heart disease.

"We just got this load put on us all of a sudden that our son has a heart problem," Livingston said.

"He has what's called transposition of the great arteries the two main blood vessels were in the wrong position when he was born," explained Dr. Mary Taylor, the Director of the Pediatric Cardiac Care Unit at Batson.

Parker, also dressed in red with a little hat, is recuperating from his second heart surgery where a pacemaker was put in. Livingston said Parker was given a good report.

"Dr. Salazar the surgeon, he's very hopeful that his heart rhythm is going to come back on its own," Livingston said.

Dr.  Taylor, said surgeons at Batson perform about 400 congenital heart disease surgeries on children annually. Parker's condition isn't very common, but he is expected to make a full recovery and head home soon.

You're encouraged to wear red all throughout February, which is American Heart Month.

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