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7/23/2016 Latest post:
Welcome to Andrew's CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep friends and family updated. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most.
Andrew is scheduled for open heart surgery two weeks from today (July 28) to replace his aortic valve. We learned in May that the leaking in his valve has impacted his heart to the point we can no longer hold off without causing issues to his overall health. The valve that he will get will be a tissue valve which will be awesome in the fact that Andrew will not have restrictions and will not require blood thinners so he he will be able to be a normal kid and play sports, the downfall is this type of valve typically wears out within 5-7 years in kids which means he will need to go through 1-2 more open heart surgeries before a more permanent option is placed. They told us to plan for 7 to 10 days in the hospital and a 5 to 6 week total recovery. We have spoken to a few people but are not 100% sure what his will mean; I will try to keep people updated as we go.