Bryton's open heart surgery

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Raised by 48 people in 23 months
Bryton Born, 9 years old, was born with congenital heart defects consisting of; Atrial Septal Defect, Ventricle Septal Defect, Pulmonary Stenosis and Branch Pulmonary Stenosis.  As a result of his heart issues he has Pulmonary Hypertesnion; high blood pressure in his lungs.

He has undergone 5 separate close-heart surgeries in the cath lab with his first at 3 months old and his most recent in June of 2015.   He is scheduled to undergo an open heart surgery on April 12th 2016 where the two holes will be closed and his pulmonary artery restructured.    Recovery will be long and arduous for Bryton and for his family.

This surgery requires time off work, follow up visits to the hospital, medications,  medical supplies etc.

While we are fortunate enough to have health insurance, we will still have a hefty $4,500 out of pocket maximum to meet to pay for his surgery in addition to our normal household monthly expenses.  Funds donated will be put towards medical costs, household expenses and child entertainment during recovery.

If you can help out our family, it would mean the world to us so that we can focuse solely on getting our son through recovery and onto life as a normal 9 year old.  Anything and everything helps!  If you cannot make a monetary donation, please consider donating new toys to Seattle Children's Hospital as they have a huge need and there are hundreds of children who could benefit from your kindness.

Many Thanks and Blessings to you!
The Born Family
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I apologize for the delayed update. Bryton was discharged on the 18th and home for 5 days before we were in the ER for dehydration. The amount of diuretics they had him on basically dried him out. We sat through and IV drip and then returned home. That was Friday. The following Monday he spiked a high fever and when I contacted the Heart Center they advised to take him to the ER and pack a bag because we would definitely be admitted. After Xrays, Iv's and Echo's we were discharged the very next day. Since then Bryton has continued to heal and his dermabond seal (we call his snake skin) has almost completely come off leaving a pencil thin pink scar. He has had some emotional issues adjusting to the fact that he can't ride his bike or scooter or really do much on the playground because of his physical restrictions imposed for healing. But he will adjust with time. Once we past May 24th he can go back to life as a regular old 9 year old boy and summer will be upon us!

At the end of July or early August Bryton will go back into the Cath Lab for a closed heart surgery where Dr. Rubio will attempt to work on the distal branches of the right pulmonary artery nearest to his lung. 6 months later he will go back into the cath lab for work on his left lung. More updates to come!
First day back to school!
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Bryton has had a very good day so far! They took him off oxygen and his O2 saturation levels are remaining steady in the mid 90's. He went for his first walk today without the oxygen and he pushed a wheelchair to help keep his arms up away from his chest tube. There's a chance he could be going home by Monday!!!!
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To all of Bryton's supporters..........I apologize for not providing more timely updates but as you can imagine, it's a hectic life living out of a suitcase in the hospital.

Bryton's lung was punctured either during surgery or when they removed his pacer wires. The only reason that we are still in the hospital today is because of this. His lung is healing and he is currently on oxygen and has a chest tube draining fluid but mostly air from his chest cavity. Today he got up and walked for the first time since his surgery on Tuesday.......actually the goal is for three walks today and on his second walk he went much father and longer upon his own request.

Today was eventful.......it started with a 4am chest x-ray and then visits from friends, family and even his 3rd grade teacher! He got up and walked for the first time today since surgery and did better than expected. We have another 4-5 days before he can be discharged home while we get his oxygen levels back up and him breathing on his own again. I will keep you updated!
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Bryton made it through a successful surgery and we are now waiting for him to wake. He's opened his eyes a few times and even replied with a thumbs up! Hoping to see more of his beautiful eyes and smiles soon! Keep checking back on warrior Bryton's progress!
Recovering
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Stacey Hopkins VandeMark
23 months ago

Hey Sarah! Just wanted to tell you about my uncle who was born with a similar disposition, multiple holes in his heart. He is still thriving almost 60 years later after multiple surgeries as a child and has lived a very full life! And imagine how far the medical world has come in 60 years!! Hopefully that gives you a little peace of mind. My prayers are with you as you tell Bryton about his surgery today and throughout this process!!

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Jordan Backman
23 months ago

Sending lots of prayers, hugs, and good vibes your way! Stay strong and brave, both of you! Your boy will have a great, successful, quick recovery! I just know it, faith has it in the books! :)

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Gail Link Sawyer
23 months ago

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Created March 15, 2016
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Megan Soden
22 months ago

Thinking about you, Bryton! We sure miss you at school! :)

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Connie Bergquist
22 months ago (Monthly Donation)
$10
Donald Turlington
22 months ago

Wish I could contribute more!~ I will be in Prayer for this young man & all his family!

Stacey Hopkins VandeMark
23 months ago

Hey Sarah! Just wanted to tell you about my uncle who was born with a similar disposition, multiple holes in his heart. He is still thriving almost 60 years later after multiple surgeries as a child and has lived a very full life! And imagine how far the medical world has come in 60 years!! Hopefully that gives you a little peace of mind. My prayers are with you as you tell Bryton about his surgery today and throughout this process!!

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Jordan Backman
23 months ago

Sending lots of prayers, hugs, and good vibes your way! Stay strong and brave, both of you! Your boy will have a great, successful, quick recovery! I just know it, faith has it in the books! :)

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Gail Link Sawyer
23 months ago

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