Wesley Hurst, age 9

I enjoy living on the farm, out in the country. It is peaceful and I have lots of animals. I have two older brothers. I enjoy showing goats and building with Legos.
My heart has a weird murmur, and I have to have it checked every six months. The defect is called Tetralogy of Fallot. The doctors discovered my heart defect when I was born. I had to have open heart surgery when I was 3 months old. The doctors patched a hole in my heart and fixed my pulmonary artery. When I was six years old, I had open heart surgery again, and they replaced my pulmonary valve.
Because of my heart, I cannot play football or other sports that I like. If I take a hit to the chest really hard, it can hurt my heart or even kill me.

I feel better now, but I don’t like the big scar on my chest. I take an aspirin every day to help my heart. I also participate in Jump Rope For Heart every year to help raise money for other children whose hearts do not work exactly right.

I hope that other children with sick hearts can get them fixed just like I did.