Francine Bryar

Francine Bryar

Francine Bryar

Born: December 18, 1973
Passed: September 7, 2010

About Francine:

Francine came from a family with 5 children. Her eldest brother passed away soon after birth from a Hypoplastic aorta. She also had 3 older, heart healthy sisters. Francine battled constant illness as an infant, until she was finally diagnosed at 12 months of age with complex congenital heart defects. Growing up, Francine felt very isolated not only due to her CHD’s, but because she was constantly sick and in and out of the hospital. This made school very difficult, as being “different” than other kids is emotionally hard for any child to deal with. Although her parents tried to give her as normal of a childhood as possible, she still knew she was different.

Francine battle depression on and off for much of her life, which led her to struggle not only with social relationships, but also in post-secondary education, which she was unable to complete.  These struggles led Francine to seek out others and garner support from others living with similar circumstances. In 2000, Francine did a CBC Television interview which led to the meeting of Francine, Melissa and Claudette. The HDS was beginning to take shape at this time. Francine served as President of the HDS from June 2000 to September 7, 2010.

Congenital Heart Defect(s)/Other:

Polysplenia/Left Visceral Heterotaxy

Situs Inversus

Cardiomegaly, Common Atrium, Common Atrio-ventricular Valve, Ventricular Septal Defect, Double Outlet Right Ventricle, Dextocardia, Multiple Superior Vena Cavae, Anomalous Inferior Vena Cava, Complete Heart Block


13 months – banded pulmonary artery

12 years – Blalock Taussig Shunt

13 years – spinal surgery to correct developing scoliosis

26 years – cardiac catheterization

35 years – heart transplant