Indiana N.

Condition: Tetralogy of Fallot
City, State: Medford, OR
Club: Grants Pass High School Sparrow Club Service Hours: 2044
Date Adopted: 10/28/2016

Indiana's Story:

On December 31, 2015 sweet little Indiana Nelson was born, making his family a happy family of four.

Indiana went in for a baby-well check-up and at the fragile age of only eight-days-old his doctor discovered a significant heart murmur. The seven-pound baby underwent a two-and- a-half hour echocardiogram, which discovered a congenital heart defect. Shortly after, Indiana was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF).

TOF is a heart defect that can be fatal if it’s left untreated. Indiana’s heart is not, at this point, efficient in pumping blood to other organs. This affects the amount of oxygen getting to other bodily tissues, causing him to suffer from a condition called cyanosis, or blue baby syndrome.

As a result of this serious condition, seven-month old Indiana is scheduled to have open heart surgery in August, 2016. This particular form of surgery will basically patch up his valves and ventricle’s, allowing the blood to flow correctly throughout his heart. The surgery has a 95% success rate that allows the child to continue a healthy growth pattern and to thrive into childhood and eventually adulthood.

Adorable little Indiana has a bright future, but still needs our support as he travels through this journey.

This little boy is a sweet happy baby who is easy going and very snuggly. He is loved by his dad, mom, and older brother. They enjoy family time, being outdoors, and ice-cream outings.

Indiana will be adopted as a Sparrow to Grants Pass High School. Students at GPHS will work hard to raise money for Indiana through sponsored community service and fundraising projects.


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