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At age 5, Kayde had a Nuss bar in his chest to correct a chest wall abnormality. His chest looked great and he had a normal lung/heart capacity. Then Kayde became a teenager ... Kayde started to complain of chest pain. An EKG and cardiogram showed that his heart was healthy, but his chest wall had changed shape again. The surgeon was concerned that he could see Kayde's heartbeat through his chest and that his lung capacity was greatly reduced.
So we begin this journey again, Kayde will have a Nuss bar placed in his chest on November 16 at The University of Iowa Children's hospital to fix what they call pectus excavtum (or funnel chest). The surgery will be a bit more complicated this time around with the scar tissue from the previous surgery and the asymmetry of his chest wall and more painful because his bones are more hardened now than age 5.