I am three months away from celebrating my fourth birthday. I go to pre-school and really love it. Every day I enjoy coming home and amaze my parents by spelling lots and lots of words and telling them everything I have learned. I really enjoy trains, cars, my iPad and running the cash register at my grandparent’s store. I have a baby brother, Levi, and I really enjoy playing with him but I don’t like it when he cries so I will get his bottle for him and then he is happy again.
What’s your medical story (the short version)? How does the Melody® fit in?
Before I was born I was diagnosed with Critical Aortic Stenosis, which was causing the left side of my heart to not function properly and it was beginning to die. The blockage of my aortic valve caused significant back pressure and made the other valves not work the right way. I had a heart catherization before I was even 24 hours old and had my first open heart surgery when I was 12 days old. The Melody® valve was placed during my fourth open heart surgery when I was 16 months old. It was a busy year.
How do you think your life is different because of the Melody® valve?
The Melody® valve has been a life saver for me. When my parents were approached about having the Melody® valve placed in my mitral valve position they were a bit hesitant because it had only been done once before. I ended up having a different valve placed but less than six months later, that valve already needed to be replaced and at that point my Mom and Dad chose to go with the Melody®. It was the best decision for me, who has not needed an open heart surgery since. It has allowed me to grow into an amazing kid, (if I do say so myself)!
A few words from Logan’s parents
We can’t even count the amount of times people have come up to us and say, that they would have never imagined that Logan has ever had any health problems, if they didn’t already know his journey. He is just so full of life and is the happiest little boy. As parents we are so thankful for the Melody® valve, his doctors, and all the work that was done to save our son.