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Join me in my efforts to support Weston (center) and the Heart Walk!
When my son Weston was born we discovered that he had a Congenital Heart Defect referred to as a Double outlet right ventricle or hole in the heart with shifting over of blood vessel. He was under the care of Dr. Charles Frazier at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. The plan was to allow him to grow as much as possible prior to intervening with surgery to help correct his heart defect, at 3 months of age he was experiencing heart failure and was scheduled for open heart surgery. During this surgery Dr. Frazier performed a pulmonary artery (lung blood vessel) band placement, he felt this was Weston’s best option for survival and the banding would help direct blood flow out into the rest of his body instead of the majority of his blood returning to his lungs, thus allowing him to continue to grow and receive a more permanent repair at a later date. Weston progressed with his development over the next 21 months until more intervention was deemed necessary, Weston spent his third Birthday in Texas Children’s Hospital undergoing his second open heart surgery. During his second open heart surgery Dr. Frazier performed a VSD closure (hole closure) and removed the band that had been installed during his first surgery at 3 months of age. Now at age 17 Weston’s current most important issue is that the area where his band was has developed a scar that is obstructing (blocking) the blood flow to his lungs, this will result in worsening of his ability to exercise and will need to be corrected possibly with a stent in the future.
The ability for talented surgeons such as Dr. Charles Frazier to be able to operate on a 3 month old child with a heart not much bigger than a walnut is amazing, and to be able to open the heart of a 3 year old child and graft in synthetic material that closes holes and redirects blood flow that allows that child to continue to grow and live a normal life is amazing. Many of these developments have been made possible through research and developments funded by the American Heart Association, and this research and development is made possible by generous donations made by caring individuals and corporations. This year my family has joined with my employer Kaneka North America LLC in an effort to raise money for the American Heart Association and to participate in the Bay Area Heart Walk in Kemah Texas on October 26, 2013.
My personal goal is to raise $2000 for this worthy cause and I humbly ask for your support by making donations to me for this cause, you can click on my link and make donations and follow my progress. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
The Harris Family