Mike Christiansen in Support of the Stollery Children's Hospital
I was once a Stollery child myself spending half of my life in the hospital before the age of 10.
From the age of 10 to 17 I was in and out of the Stollery yearly up until I had a complete repair of my heart when I was 17.
Having survived five open heart surgeries, along with an additional two sternum repairs, and countless other procedures performed by doctors at the Stollery puts me in a rare few that have been opened up seven times.
I was born with a congenital heart defect Tetralogy of Fallot. Tetralogy of Fallot is a combination of four congenital abnormalities. The four defects include a ventricular septal defect (VSD), pulmonary valve stenosis, a misplaced aorta and a thickened right ventricular wall (right ventricular hypertrophy) I was not expected to live past the age of 2-3 years of age. With the determination of the doctors and cutting-edge surgical procedures the Stollery helped me survive and go on to live a normal life.
Please help support this amazing event and the Stollery Children's Hospital so they may continue to advance and persevere to be a world renowned pediatric cardiology hospital. I would not be here today if it were not for the doctors, surgeons, and nurses at the Stollery.
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