Showing Heart: School Community Supports Student With Transplant

Showing Heart: School Community Supports Student With Transplant

Source: Sammamish Review

Maddie Sprague is the typical kindergarten student in many ways. She loves art, puzzles, singing and dancing, and make-believe stories. She also loves her three brothers — Warren, Jake and Joe. Maddie isn’t typical in one respect: She was born with congenital heart defects, including hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a condition in which the left ventricle of the heart is underdeveloped and doesn’t allow for sufficient blood flow throughout the body. She also has heterotaxy, meaning her major organs aren’t in the usual places. Maddie needed a heart transplant, and the Spragues received a call on Christmas Day that one was waiting. She was at Seattle Children’s the next day, and after about six hours in the operating room, the procedure was done.

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