Casey was born with the heart defect tetralogy of fallot, which causes four anatomical abnormalities of the heart. His parents learned of his condition about halfway through his mother’s pregnancy.
Casey didn’t need to have surgery immediately after birth; doctors monitored him during his early months to postpone surgery. At 4 months old, Casey had open heart surgery at Children’s Colorado.
Everything went exceptionally well and Casey was sent home after spending five days in the Intensive Care Unit. These days, Casey enjoys skiing, soccer, basketball and tennis and is “the fastest runner” in his class!
Inspired to support other heart patients
Casey’s family now celebrates the day of his surgery each year with a heart-shaped cake. They have made lasting relationships with Children’s Colorado caregivers. Casey, with the support of his family, works hard to give back to the hospital for the care he received for his heart condition.
For his 8th birthday, Casey asked his friends to donate money to the Heart Institute at Children’s Colorado instead of receiving gifts. His birthday fundraiser brought in more than $1,431.
In addition to raising money for Children’s Colorado, this year Casey is serving as a hospital ambassador in the community.