Since his first surgery, his parents and doctors have taken a cautious approach to his care, knowing that Owen would need a second open heart surgery before his fifth birthday depending on the progress from the first surgery and how much he grew.
Happily, he's growing up a strong, happy and curious little boy. He goes hiking with his family, friends and pups.
He is loved and protected by his pup, Monty.
He is surrounded by friends and family who care very deeply for him.
Now, the time has come for his next open heart surgery. Owen will be in Children's Hospital Colorado at least a week.
His doctors have scheduled surgery for January 5th, 2018. He is having a complete pulmonary valve replacement, a left ventricle repair and right chamber repair.
After surgery, he and his family face 6-8 months of recovery during which little active little man can't do any physical activities for risk of hitting his fragile and healing chest. So, no bike riding or tree-climbing for sure!
We're asking for support from family and friends to help cover the costs not covered by Medicaid. As you can imagine, Owen's parents are facing some hefty costs.
These are the costs we initially estimate needing:
~ $1,200 for hotel rooms to be near Owen
~ $400 for meals and gas
The remaining funds will cover rent and child care, when needed during Owen's recovery.
While Owen's medical costs should be covered, and his parents are frugal, there will be other unexpected expenses. We will be posting updates to this campaign letting everyone know how Owen is doing and sharing photos and news.
Owen's hospital is the Children's Hospital Colorado:
13123 E 16th Ave
Aurora, Colorado 80045
** If we raise more than expected or needed ALL additional funds will be deposited directly into Owen's college fund. **
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