Friday, February 10, 2012

Tennessee Family Thankful for 2-Year-Old's New Heart

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When Witt Deane was born in the spring of 2010, his parent's joy with his arrival quickly turned into grave concern. They soon learned their newborn son had a congenital heart defect known as aortic stenosis. He was transported to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital where medical personnel in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit began treating him.

Witt underwent surgery to repair a heart valve, recovered, and went home. Things appeared to be going well until a week before a scheduled check up. He stopped eating and developed a cough, and when doctor's examined him, they determined that his mitral and pulmonary valves weren't functioning correctly. Then, his parents, Norm and Allison, were told that in order for Witt to survive, he required a heart transplant.

Witt's parents were devastated. He was placed on the transplant waiting list where he waited for about four months. Then, on September 22, 2010, at only five months of age, Witt's "second chance" came. He had some serious complications following his transplant surgery but pulled through and went home three weeks later. Today, he is doing well and progressing like any normal, healthy toddler.

Witt's family is very thankful that their first son has an opportunity to grow up. I expect that after going through this life-threatening ordeal shortly after birth that Little Witt is gonna grow up to be one tough dude. He's already conquered more in his first two years than most people have to in their entire lives.

Source : article titled Thanks to a Heart Transplant ... A Tennessee Family Will Celebrate a Very Special Valentine's Day

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