Maverick W.

Condition: Congenital Heart Defect
City, State: Redmond, OR
Club: Mountain View High School Sky View Middle School Sparrow Club Service Hours: 1421
Date Adopted: 2/23/2018

Maverick's Story:
Maverick’s parents were excited about their first pregnancy, but things changed drastically with the news in the third trimester that their precious son would be born with severe heart defects. They were told that they would have to deliver in Portland at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. They had a scheduled C-section birth on June 14, 2017 and immediately afterward Maverick was taken to the Doernbecher NICU. Things went from bad to worse. Not only were his heart issues more severe than expected but he contracted an infection and was rapidly declining.

He was placed on a ventilator, antibiotics, IV nutrition, and pain medications… and eventually had chest tubes and other IVs. It got to the point where his parents asked the doctor if they would be taking their son home alive. Maverick needed heart surgery right away, but that couldn't happen until he completely recovered from the infection.

His parents remember one of their favorite nurses saying, "his heart came from the Swiss cheese factory." After two weeks Maverick was able to have the complicated heart surgery and he made it through like a champ. He was moved to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) to recover but, he struggled to get better. He had to be put back on a ventilator and IVs for medicine and blood products.

Little Maverick spent five weeks recovering in the hospital and was only home a couple days before they took him back due to an infection in his chest incision. He again needed IV antibiotics immediately in the ER, but due to all the difficulty of previous attempts to place the IV line, his parents insisted that he be placed under heavy sedation for the procedure. Sadly within 24 hours of the procedure, Maverick's foot and leg began swelling due to two blood clots they found. The PICC line was removed immediately and blood thinner injections started. They then received the results from Maverick’s wound infection and doctors had to reopen his entire chest incision and placed a "wound vac" over it which, through gentle suction, pulls the bad stuff out of the wound and promotes much faster healing.

Maverick was finally able to go home with a feeding tube and numerous medications. His parents were just very happy to finally bring him home. As Maverick was sedated for most of his life up to that point, he did not learn to suck and eat like other babies do, so he began seeing a feeding therapist to learn to feed with a bottle.

In spite of so many challenges from the very beginning, Maverick is a happy baby and is now feeding with a bottle and enjoys baby foods and even small bits of bacon! He really likes his daycare pals and his favorite stuffed monkey. And great news… Maverick’s last procedure in Portland was cancelled because his heart is doing so well! This has put his next planned heart surgery on hold and buys him time for his heart to grow and get stronger.

Sparrow Cash raised for Maverick will help with ongoing medical expenses and everyday living expenses. Students at Mountain View High School will “earn” Sparrow Cash by completing a minimum of 256 hours of sponsored community service.


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