King, a survivor of Congenital Heart Disease, wrote an essay detailing her struggle and future goals.
PITTSBURGH, PA, July 16, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — Abigail King’s life has been marked by a single, serious condition: Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome, a medical condition in which the heart’s right-sided structures are either poorly formed or not formed at all. HRHS is a form of congenital heart disease.
In the essay that won her the $1,000 Berger and Green Heart Disease Scholarship, King describes her journey living with the disease and its complications. However, her teenage years were perhaps the hardest on her mentally.
“It wasn’t until I was in high school that I became aware of the gravity of my diagnosis, that there is no ‘corrective’ procedure,” she writes. Living with an uncertain future, she became incredibly grateful for the medical advances in the past few decades that have paved the way for her to live and thrive.
“I’ve also been able to be a part of those advancements through ongoing medical research studies that I have been a part of through the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where I had all of my surgeries,” she writes.
Currently a Biology major at Drexel University, King plans on pursuing a passion that has arisen from her personal experiences with disease: medical research. “Research is something that I have always been interested in,” she told Berger and Green representatives. “[R]esearch is one step in discovering solutions to problems that we are currently facing.”
About Berger and Green
Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, Berger and Green is a personal injury and social security disability law firm. The firm has more than four decades of experiencing serving clients in and around the Pittsburgh area. As part of its mission to ease the suffering of those who have been harmed by others, Berger and Green’s attorneys have met many people with heart diseases. This inspired the firm to offer the Heart Disease Scholarship, both to increase awareness of the seriousness of this condition and to assist students affected by the disease in their pursuit of knowledge.
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