Hans was only 20 hours old when he had his first heart procedure and 8 months old when he had his first open-heart surgery at BC Children’s Hospital.
Born with an extremely rare heart defect, Hans’ right ventricle, which pumps deoxygenated blood to the lungs, was too small. Despite the success of Hans’ first surgery, a second open-heart surgery was inevitable and took place when he was 5 years old. Fortunately, only one procedure was required and after three days recovering in the pediatric intensive care unit and cardiac ward, Hans was home again.
Hans may need a heart transplant in the future, but today he is a vibrant and much healthier 8 year-old boy. He is aware he has a rare heart condition, but it’s not at the forefront of his mind. Hans is very inquisitive and is eager to learn and apply his knowledge; he wants to be a paleontologist when he grows up. In the meantime, he enjoys his Legos, pop music and has a passion to help others.
Funds in Action
Children’s Miracle Network funds helped purchase a Vivid E9 ultrasound machine, providing cardiologists with exceptional images so they can help kids like Hans before they’re even born.