Our San Diego Division, like all of our teams, thrives on volunteer support. In honor of Mother’s Day the San Diego team recognizes the dedication of a special American Heart Association volunteer and heart mom, Trisha Khaleghi.

San Diego - Trisha Khaleghi and son BlakeIn honor of Mother’s Day, we want to recognize AHA Volunteer Trisha Khaleghi. Trisha currently holds the role of CEO of Sharp Mary Birch, Go Red for Women Executive Leadership Team Member, and most importantly mom to Blake, who at just 7 days old went through open heart surgery.

1 in 100 children are born with a Congenital Heart Defect and although it was unknown at delivery, Blake was one of these children. Trisha was told early on that Blake may not survive, words no mother ever thinks they will hear. Deemed a “miracle baby,” Blake has had a stent placed, several cardiac catheterization’s, and consistent monitoring until finally he could leave the hospital and go home.

Blake, now 16, leads a “typical” life on the outside, though there are still struggles. He has had to learn his limitations while playing sports, something that Trisha says was very challenging. “I just worry about him a little more,” she said when discussing some of the fears she has for Blake. Though he is currently healthy she also worries about his future and if he may have to undergo another surgery.

Trisha describes Blake as having a magnetic personality, with a happy, light-heartedness about him and says he is such a beautiful child and brings so much joy to her life. She is looking forward to seeing him graduate college (hopefully close to home) and pursue a career in sports broadcasting. She gets the cool mom award in saying that if the two of them could do anything together, they would go to a Kentucky Basketball Game!

We would like to extend a very Happy Mother’s Day to Trisha! Thank you for all that you do to bring awareness to Congenital Heart Disease and being such an example for other moms who may be going through the same thing! And Happy Mother’s Day to all of our fabulous mothers, we appreciate you all so much!