On September 7, 2000 at 6:25pm, Ethan Ellis joyfully arrived as a typical and healthy 7lbs 14 oz baby boy.
At 6 weeks, doctors detected a heart murmur and at his 4 month checkup, his family was advised to take him to a cardiologist within 72 hours because his heart sounded like a washing machine and his oxygen level was in the 70’s. After tests including a heart catheterization, the family was notified Ethan would need a minimum of 3 surgeries.
Ethan’s first open heart surgery was one week later. The cardiologist placed a band around his pulmonary artery to regulate the pressure because at 4 months old Ethan’s heart had been overworking itself and was the size of an adult heart.
Within months of the first surgery, doctors diagnosed Ethan with VSD (a condition when there is a hole in the heart that allows blood from the left pumping chamber to mix with the right pumping chamber. The result can be too much blood being pumped into the lung arteries causing the heart an...