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My name is Luke and I was born on November 18th, 2013. Before I was born, the doctors saw on my ultrasounds that I had a very large hole in my heart and fluid in my head. My mom had lots of ultrasounds to make sure I was growing and to check on ...

My name is Luke and I was born on November 18th, 2013. Before I was born, the doctors saw on my ultrasounds that I had a very large hole in my heart and fluid in my head. My mom had lots of ultrasounds to make sure I was growing and to check on my problems. The first doctors she went to told her that I probably wouldn't survive and the best thing for her to do was not have me. Boy, am I glad she knew I was a fighter and that she found new doctors!

When I was born, I did very well. I got to stay with my mom until I needed to have a shunt put in my head to drain the extra fluid when I was 3 days old. The surgery went well and I only had to stay in the NICU for 2 days before I got to go home. 

Since I have been home, I have had a lot of appointments at a hospital that is an hour away from where I live. They are the best doctors and they watch me very closely. As I have gotten bigger, my heart is having to work extra hard to keep up with my growth. I get short of breath and tire very quickly. I sleep more because I'm tired. My special heart doctors had to put me on 2 different medications, and one of them costs $300 a month that my mom has to pay for upfront. 2 days ago, I had to go to the ER because I couldn't breathe very well. They found that I had fluid in my lungs and my medicine had to be increased to help get rid of it. I am going to have open heart surgery on January 21st, 2014 so that they can fix my heart. But until my surgery, I am going to have to go to the doctor 2-3 times a week. I have 5 appointments in the next 2 days!

This has all been very hard on my mom. She takes care of my older brother, my older sister, and me 24/7 without any help. She is having a hard time paying for my medicine and all the gas that is needed to take me to appointments to make sure I am doing ok. In the last month and a half, she has spent $600 on my medicine and easily another $200-$300 on gas. I need special bottles that make eating easier for me. She has put off paying bills so I can stay well enough to get to my surgery. She can't go back to work because I can't go to a babysitter or daycare because I can't get sick. Even a cold could cause my heart to fail quicker. And my doctors want me to be big and strong for my surgery.

So, please, if you can help her out in anyway, it would mean the world to my family. The picture is me with my older brother and sister who love me so much. I am such a happy and content baby and I can't wait to feel better.

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