Claudette Dugas

Claudette Dugas

Born: August 24, 1967
Passed: December 7, 2004

About Claudette:

Claudette received a mechanical mitral valve when she was 7 years old. She was infected with Hepatitis C from the blood transfusion that was needed during this surgery; however this was not discovered until 25 years later during routine blood work. It was the Hepatitis C, not her CHD that ultimately claimed her life. Claudette was a strong woman who never complained about the life she had been given.  She was married to her soul mate, Tim, with whom she shared 2 dogs, Hooch and Rocky.

Claudette was a founding member of the HDS and served as Secretary from June 23, 2000 to December 7, 2004.

Congenital Heart Defect(s)/Other:

Mitral Valve Prolapse

7 years – mechanical mitral valve replacement