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I know this is a scary time for you. People are telling you that their nephew or their best friend's child was born with a hole in his or her heart and that your baby will be fine—that maybe even his hole will close by itself just like the other baby's did. And it's frustrating. This is different and bigger and it's not going to fix itself, no matter what happened to those other kids. But it's okay: you have Children's National Medical Center.

I was told I was having twins ...