Heart Surgery for Bennett
He has something known as transposition of the great arteries in which the main artery that is supposed to pump to his body, actually pumps into his lungs and the smaller artery that is supposed to pump into his lungs, pumps into his body. Meaning he is getting too much fluid into his lungs from the main artery and the smaller artery is trying to provide blood to the rest of his body, it's working double the amount it should. It's putting major stress on his heart as well as his lungs. He also has dextrocardia, meaning that his heart is located on his right side instead of his left. The rest of his organs are also on the opposite sides, but that doesn't pose a problem because everything is still working properly. He also has a ventricular septal defect (VSD) as well as an ostium secundum type atrial septal defect meaning that there is an abnormal opening (hole) between the bottom two chambers that causes blood from the left atrium to flow into the right atrium. The first surgery will consist of putting a band on the larger artery that is pumping into his lungs. Then in a few months he's going to have another open heart surgery which is a lot more complicated. They're going to do what is called a double switch operation. That means they're going to create a conduit to shunt the blood from one side of the heart to the other. They're also going to detach and reconnect his arteries and that should correct the circulation so that the heart's left side serves the body and the right side serves the lungs. It's all very confusing. Hopefully all of that makes sense.
They really need your help!!! Thank you so much.