On July 11th Katie and Brett found out they would become the parents to a strong little BOY, Braxton Joseph Hill due March 9th What they didn’t know was that they would be fighting for their little warriors life even before he opened his eyes. On October 31st they were informed that Braxton was facing multiple heart defects and would require more medical attention.
Their story and medical diagnosis:
Baby Braxton has multiple heart defects and as a result the doctors aren’t able to give an exact diagnosis, they are calling it heterotaxy, which basically means multiple things have gone wrong. What they do know though, is that Braxton continues to amaze them with every check up he has. He has a very small aorta, he has a hole between his right and left ventricle (which has caused it to be one open chamber), and another small hole between his left and right atrium because of these defects there is concern that his brain and other organs aren’t getting the proper amount of blood circulation needed to continue growing and functioning correctly. On top of the defects his umbilical vein has bipassed some of his organs and connected directly into his heart, which is causing moderate blood regurgitation and enlarging his heart. This is causing his lungs to be compressed as well. Once he is born, that umbilical vein will immediately detach so hopefully the volume of blood pumping to his heart will slow, he may struggle with that because there will be a lot of extra heart tissue not being used at that time and his lungs will decompress. There are also concerns for premature birth which in itself will cause many issues because his lungs need to be as developed as possible in order for him to have a good fighting chance.
That’s where we come in
Knowing Katie since we were practically in diapers, I know her heart and I know they both are very obviously concerned for their sons health, there should be no reason why they should also have to worry about the expenses as well. To relieve these first time parents of the anxieties of medical expenses can help Katie to have more time to focus on keeping her and Braxton as healthy as possible to ensure he stays put until his due date.
What the money will be used for:
After long consideration and research Brett and Katie have chosen a facility in Aurora, Colorado (the facility that their original doctors recommended). They believe Aurora can provide Braxton with the best care possible. Aurora is well known for their cabilities in handling child heart transplants, and depending on his condition he may be in need of one. For the fear of premature labor, they will have to reside there for months leading up to the due date, so when Braxton is born they can immediately begin care on him. That being said, the two will have to temporarily stop working until Braxton is in the clear and is home in Artesia. The money will be used to pay for their home and bills in Artesia as well as their living and medical expenses in Aurora.
Brett and Katie’s strength and faith in God is something that is truly beautiful. They are determined to give their warrior every chance to live an amazing life. Please help them move mountains for baby Braxton.
“For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”
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