Meet the Kids of the Michigan Chapter
The Children’s Heart Foundation Michigan Chapter is committed to the children of our state. Here are some of the local children helped by the important research and advocacy efforts of our chapter and those we honor who are no longer with us, but in whose memory we work.
Andrew Brown (Drew), born 5.30.08 and diagnosed with Atrial Septal Defect and Pulmonary Stenosis at 6 weeks of age. Balloon valvuloplasty in February, 2009 and open heart surgery in March, 2009. He is doing extraordinarily well, and is a smart, funny, active 4 1/2-year-old boy!
McKenzie “Izzy” Rose Stothers is almost 5 and can’t wait to go to kindergarten! She was born with tetralogy of fallot, pulmonary atresia, malformed tricuspid valve, and many, many small aorto-pulmonary collaterals, amongst other CHDs. She has undergone three major heart surgeries (2 open heart) and 8 heart catheterizations. Izzy loves pink, her big brother, ice cream, and music.
Matteo Fossi, 3, was diagnosed with moderate aortic stenosis at 2 months of age. Until now, he has not required any surgery, but is being monitored on a regular basis at Beaumont Children’s Hospital. Matteo is a very active little boy who loves music and enjoys playing with his siblings – twin Luka and big sister Julianna – and going to preschool!
Sherrell Miller is 4 years old. She was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome when mom was 20 weeks pregnant. She had her first OHS at 10 days old on New Years Eve 2008. She had her second OHS May 2009 at 5 months old and her 3rd (Fontan completion) just this past spring the day after mothers day May 2012. She spent months in the hospital with many ups and downs but has made a full recovery. She currently attends preschool and loves to dance. She enjoys going to her Saturday ballet classes and watching Nick Jr. She is a complete joy and mommy’s MIRACLE!
This is Alexander Theodore Engstrom, born May 4, 2012 at 32 weeks gestation. He was diagnosed with moderate to severe Ebstein’s Anomaly at a 22 week ultrasound. He had severe hydrops and arrhythmias and is seen regularly at Mott Children’s Hospital. He loves to smile and being talked to by his mom, dad and brother.