As a sweet, fun loving 17 year old Devon loved driving his truck, hanging out with family and friends and being a big brother to his younger sister, Kylie. He had been feeling pretty bad, figured he just had the virus that was going around. January 19, 2015 Monday he was feeling so bad that he asked his mom, Juli, to take him to the hospital. His dad, Danny, was clear across the country in California driving a truck and wouldn't be able to get back home for several days. He was taken to Cincinnati Childrens Liberty Campus where they quickly realized that his situation was dire. It was his heart and it was bad. His condition was critical and he was immediately transferred to the Coronary Care Unit at Cincinnati Childrens Main Campus. They placed him under the care of the Heart Failure Team and began discussing his need for a new heart.
They performed a flurry of tests that confirmed their suspicions.
At just 17 years old, Devon was diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy. Very shortly after that came the heartbreaking news that the damage to his heart was just too severe and he would need a new heart.
"Cardiomyopathy is a disease that affects the heart muscle. In dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) the heart muscle becomes thin, the left ventricle (lower left chamber of the heart) becomes enlarged (dilated) and the heart is unable to squeeze efficiently, reducing the amount of blood that is pumped to the body."
Devon and his family need your help! They face years of hospital stays, surgeries and medical bills without being able to sustain their regular full time incomes. When you have a child that is sick, nothing else matters, your whole world just stops. Please consider giving a "hand up" to a family that really needs it. I know that every penny given will be overwhelmingly appreciated.
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