- Shannon Murray, an anchor on FOX 4 Good Day shared news that her daughter will be born with a rare heart condition
- Her daughter Stella is set to arrive in March and has been diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia
- An estimated 1,600 babies are diagnosed with the heart condition each year in the US
A Texas news anchor broke down in tears live on air as she revealed upsetting news about her first pregnancy just weeks before her baby daughter’s arrival.
Shannon Murray, an anchor on FOX 4 Good Day opened up out her daughter Stella’s heart condition in a segment on Friday morning.
Murray told viewers that her daughter, who is due in March, has been diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia- a rare heart condition.
Those with the condition have a hole between the left and right side of their heart and do not have a pulmonary valve. The birth defect affects normal blood flow though the heart.
‘In the short-term we’re focused on fighting for our daughter and being her advocates, while also trying to remain joyful and excited about the pregnancy and becoming parents,’ Murray tearfully said.
‘And we can’t wait to meet her,’ she said as she donned a gold necklace with her daughters name on it.
Shannon Murray, an anchor on FOX 4 Good Day opened up out her daughter Stella’s rare heart condition, Tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia, on Friday morning
She shared the news that doctor’s told her and her husband Chris that Stella has a hole between the left and right side of their heart and does not have a pulmonary valve
Murray candidly broke the news to viewers as she has updated them on her wedding and her pregnancy in the past and said that her and her husband ‘wanted to be transparent.’
Murray went on to say that once her daughter is born she will immediately go into emergency surgeries to save her life.
She said that her and her husband Chris have ‘spent the last several months processing the news’ while also researching the condition for themselves as first-time parents.
‘There are still some unknowns, but I am thankful we’ve had time to wrap our heads around this and do as much research as possible,’ she said in an Instagram post about the sad news.
Tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia occurs when a baby’s heart doesn’t form correctly while in the mother’s womb.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the heart defect can cause a reduction in oxygen in the blood that flows to the rest of the body.
Because of the lack of oxygen, infants that are born with the rare condition can experience cyanosis, a blue-looking skin color. The skin color change can go on to occur as the baby grows, specifically while they eat and cry.
Murray said that her and her husband Chris ‘can’t wait to meet’ their daughter and know that she might have to have multiple open-heart procedures in her lifetime
The first-time mom is seen wiping away tears during the announcement as she said that her and her husband ‘wanted to be transparent’ with the show’s viewers
The CDC reported that an estimated 1,660 are born with the heart condition each year in the US.
The cause of the disease remains unknown and is believed to be influenced by genetics and chromosomes.
‘Heart defects such as tetralogy of Fallot also are thought to be caused by a combination of genes and other risk factors, such as the things the mother or fetus come in contact with in the environment or what the mother eats or drinks or the medicines she uses,’ the CDC said.
Though every baby that is born with the disease experiences it differently, Murray said that her and her husband know that Stella might need multiple open-heart surgeries in her lifetime.
She went on to bring up that the doctor told the expecting parents that Olympian snow boarder Shaun White has the same heart defect.
‘Doctors made sure to tell us about his case right away because I know it gives us so much reassurance to parents when you think about someone playing such an extreme sport with a life threatening condition,’ the expecting mom said.
Murray added that her husband was also a snow boarder- something she said her daughter might take up in the future.
As she broke her emotional news, her co-anchors Chip Waggoner and Lauren Przybyl sat by her side and consoled her.
‘Thank you for being real. Thank you for being raw. Thank you for sharing this,’ Przybyl said as tears streamed down her face.
Waggoner then went on to talk about his son Benjamin’s health issues as a baby and gave Murray advice.
The CDC reported that an estimated 1,660 are born with the heart condition each year in the US. Murray is seen hugging her baby bump under a sign with her future daughter’s name on it
As she broke her emotional news, her co-anchors Chip Waggoner and Lauren Przybyl sat by her side and consoled her
‘They’re different then what you guys are about to experience, but the best piece of advice that one of the doctor’s gave us was to remember the following,’ Waggoner said.
‘Whatever the condition is, this will be their normal, and to not treat them any different. Let them figure out what they can and can’t do. Don’t put them in a box.’
‘The good news is that this heart condition is treatable. Doctor’s assure us that Stella can live a normal life,’ Murray said during the show.
‘You are already the epitome of a parent’s love and strength. Shannon, sharing your story will make many families feel SEEN,’ one person commented on Instagram.
‘Sending love your way, as a fellow heart warrior mom,’ another said.
I made it through the 5am segment just fine… at 7am though, we all broke down. thank you all so much for the support,’ Murray said in a Facebook post.
She also went on to share a snap of her and other anchors dressed in red for American Heart Association day which was on Thursday, and moments from a baby show that her co-workers threw for her.