Ben , a seemingly healthy boy went for his normal 4 year old check up on July 3rd, 2017. His doctor was concerned because his blood pressure was elevated . He then listened to his heart and checked pulses in his hips and said that he may be wrong ,but is concerned for something called an "Aortic Coarction" and referred him to see a pediatric cardiologist
Laura and Shane immediately made an appointment at Motts Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor .
On July 13th, 2017 their worst fears came true and the Aortic Coarction was confirmed after several tests .
An Aortic Coarction is a narrowing of the large blood vessel (aorta) that leads from the heart.
Ben is going to need surgery before the fall to correct this . He will be in the hospital for approximately 7 nights and will need several post op visits and about 6 weeks of rest/ recovery .
EDIT: Ben's surgery has been set for Thursday August 2nd, 2017.
The reason behind this Go Fund Me is this . No parent should have to choose between being with their child during surgery and recovery or Paying their bills .
Laura currently works through Beaumont . She does have FMLA which will protect her from loosing her job , however short term disability will only pay if SHE has surgery ...
Laura has ALWAYS been so generous and giving to everyone when help is needed . She's a great friend , daughter ,grand daughter , niece , co-worker ,a beautiful person all around and more importantly an excellent mother .I know this is the last thing she wants to do , but she needs our help . She needs to be with her son in his time of need .