Michael is a beautiful baby who likes playing with blocks and waving his arms in time to music. Michael has a cardiac condition called tricuspid atresia: he was born without one of the four valves that is normally present in the heart. As a result, blood cannot flow through his lungs and body normally, leaving him sick and short of breath.
On March 1st, Michael will undergo cardiac surgery, during which doctors will perform a technique called a Glenn procedure to create a conduit to allow blood to bypass the missing valve and more easily circulate through Michael’s body. Another organization, Gift of Life International, is contributing $5,000 to pay for surgery, but Michael’s family is still in need of $1,500 and have turned to the Watsi community for support.
Michael’s mother says: “It has been very frightening to see my son have such difficulty breathing, and I am so glad we can finally find a way to help him.”
Michael is a beautiful baby who likes playing with blocks and waving his arms in time to music. Michael has a cardiac condition called tricu...
Michael underwent heart surgery.
During Michael’s surgery, doctors skillfully created an artificial channel near his heart, enabling blood to bypass his missing valve. This crucial intervention ensures that oxygen-rich blood can flow through his body more normally, setting the stage for Michael’s heart to grow and strengthen over the coming years. With this initial step successfully completed, Michael is now on a path towards a second surgery in the future, which will further repair his heart and enhance his overall health.
His mother shared: “Michael has energy, good appetite, and is able to breathe normally for the first time in his life. Our family is very thankful to everyone!”
During Michael's surgery, doctors skillfully created an artificial channel near his heart, enabling blood to bypass his missing valve. This ...