Carter Krumal is a strapping young 11-year-old full of life and light, but this was not always the case. Carter was born with a congenital heart defect called transposition of the great arteries (TGA), among other defects. In essence, his arteries were connected all wrong. Two weeks after birth, Carter went in for open heart surgery to correct his defects. Eight months later, Carter returned to the hospital for another open heart surgery for the implantation of a pacemaker to keep his heart pumping effectively. You would never guess by looking at Carter now how many struggles he has faced in his life. He is an active little boy who loves to play tennis, skateboarding, bike riding, reading and drawing. He has three younger siblings that he is a proud big brother to. Someday he will look at all the pictures of himself and be surprised to learn that the sick little baby under all the wires was really himself.
In the United States, 1 out of every 100 babies will be born with some type of heart defect. If it weren't for the research of the American Heart Association, many of these children would not be here to tell their stories. Carter is a miracle. Won't you join the American Heart Association in creating more miracles?
Celebrate the difference you can make. Attend the Sacramento Heart Ball.
The Twentieth Annual Sacramento Heart Ball will be held at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento on April 10, 2010.