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Please help support Chris and Kate Anderson so that they can focus on taking care of precious baby Ryan! Prayers are also appreciated!

Kate and Chris Anderson found out they were having a baby on their daughter Hailey’s 5th birthday, February 13th. In May they found out that the baby, a boy, had a heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot, a hole in his heart and possibly other complications. In September a high resolution ultrasound revealed that Ryan probably had only a mild tetralogy, probably only a small opening between the ventricles of his heart. He was monitored closely throughout the pregnancy and though we were optimistic, it was a stressful pregnancy.

They still didn’t know the full extent of the severity of his condition until baby “Ryan” was born in October. Ryan arrived on October 21st and was rushed to the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Their staff was great, but no one felt comfortable sending him home. It was thought he would require open heart surgery when he was 3-6 months old. After several days of waiting for him to be sent home but monitored closely, they ran some more tests and found that there were more problems with arteries not connected to his left lung. The doctors at Greenville sent information about Ryan to MUSC in Charleston, but doctors there had never seen problems exactly like Ryan’s before. There was no connection between the main pulmonary artery and the left pulmonary artery. An extra artery had formed connecting the aorta to the left pulmonary artery.

On Oct. 28, six days after Ryan was born, this extra artery began to close up, and he was airlifted from Greenville to Charleston’s Medical University of South Carolina. Surgery was in the near future. A week and many tests later, doctors set a date for surgery: Friday, October 4th at 7:30am. Our family was here and our pastor came from Clemson to be with us. The doctors didn’t know exactly what they would face when they got in there or how much they would be able to fix. During surgery the doctors found that the blood vessel they had thought connected the left pulmonary artery to the aorta, was actually connected to an artery in his neck, not to the aorta. After an almost 6 hour surgery, Ryan was stable and in recovery. The surgeons informed us that they were able to fix everything. He may need a catheter lab done in a year or so to make sure that all is going fine as he grows, but all is fixed!

He was moved to the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit where he is being taken care of. He is on a ventilator and they are trying to keep him under as long as possible and he is making progress. He is most likely going to be at MUSC for 9-14 days, but will be moved to a room in a few days. His parents have been extremely strong and his big sister Hailey is so proud. Chris, the daddy, has had to use up all his vacation days from work but will have to go back to his job in Greenville soon. The expenses are adding up. We were expecting a great deal of expenses, but nothing like any of this. All of these days in the NICU’s, an air-lift to Charleston, a major open heart surgery, hotel room stays, a million fast food or restaurant meals can all really add up. Any assistance will be a blessing. Thanks.
Mailing a check is okay! Make it out to Chris or Kate Anderson, and mail it to 107 Shaftsbury Rd., Clemson, SC 29631. If you want to speak to a family member, we welcome the opportunity: 864-654-7551.
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