Heart Surgery for Bennett

$810 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 27 people in 38 months
Kim Russell Beaver  GALLIPOLIS, OH
Bennett is having his first of several heart surgeries on Feb. 6, 2014. Bennett was born with several heart defects that combined, are very rare. He has a long road ahead of him, as well as his family.


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.
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Update 1
Posted by Kim Beaver
37 months ago
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I want to thank everyone for your wonderful support for Bennett. He had his first surgery in February and did great! The next one will be in the next couple months and this is the big one! Please remember Bennett in your prayers as he continues through his journey. May God bless all of you!
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$810 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 27 people in 38 months
Created January 26, 2014
Kim Russell Beaver  
AW
$25
Aurora & Joselyn Weaver
38 months ago
CM
$25
Chris & Kayla Moore
38 months ago
CP
$20
Christina penansky
38 months ago

In honor of my son Cameron who has been through 3 heart surgeries and more to come. Prayers of support, strength, and faith from our family to yours.

JC
$50
Jen & Corey
38 months ago

Thinking about you guys. Love you!

HP
$50
Holly & Brett Pierce
38 months ago
KS
$40
Krista Smith
38 months ago
$30
Anonymous
38 months ago
BJ
$25
Becky Jones
38 months ago

Bennett shows us how strong and how he is a fighter. So with the help and prayers of others, He's got this ! Love you all!

SR
$25
Stacy Rankin
38 months ago

Prayers for you all!

$25
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38 months ago
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