Meet Mason- He looks like any normal boy, but what you can't see is that he was born with a complex congenital heart defect called Hypo-plastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). Mason has had 5 life saving surgeries by the time he was 4 years old. His first surgery was inutero called a Balloon Vaulpatsty done in Boston, he was the 110th procedure ever done. His first Open Heart Surgery (OHS) was at 5 days old called the Norwood, at 7 days old his stomach had to be repaired, his second was at 3 months old called the Bi Directional Glenn, and his 3 OHS surgery was at 4 years old called the Fontan. During this procedure he suffered 2 watershed strokes and lost the ability to walk, sit up or feed himself. Through great treatments, physcial therapy Mason has regained all of his walking ability and runs around like any normal child. However we need your help in raising funds for research to ensure that he continues to thrive because of better treatment discoveries, and new meds that may not exists. Please continue to read the information below and please consider making a worth while donation.
Our team is raising critical funds for congenital heart defects! Congenital heart defects are the most commonly occurring birth defect, affecting approximately 1 in 110 babies born, or a child born every 15 minutes. Congenital heart defects are the leading cause of birth-defect related mortality.
Funded research is making a very big difference in the lives of CHD patients, helping to reduce incidences and increase survival, longevity and quality of life. Research has made a very big impact, and with survival and longevity increasing, even more research is needed to help address lifelong challenges that CHD patients will face. Every dollar in support of The Children’s Heart Foundation helps to further their mission: to fund the most promising research to advance the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of congenital heart defects.
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