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Fourth open heart surgery scheduled for Eau Claire child


Eau Claire (WQOW)- Just days away from his second birthday, an Eau Claire child is about to undergo his fourth heart surgery.

"Just him having this condition really changed our lives," remembers Talitha Corn.

Dylan Dainger Snyder is about to celebrate a birthday.  In his short time on this earth, he's already hurdled more obstacles than most of us could ever dream of.

"Dylan turns two on Sunday," his mother points out.  "He was diagnosed with Hypoplastic left heart syndrome when he was four days old.  He was flown to Minneapolis and is going to be having his fourth open heart surgery out in Boston."

Corn says 1 in 100 babies are born with this condition and half don't live past their first birthday.   But Dylan doesn't care about odds.

"He's a trooper through all of it.  He is always smiling.  He's the happiest baby I've ever met," says Corn with a smile.  "He really is like an inspiration because he makes everything else in life easy."

The previous three surgeries kept Dylan alive.  But this one could be a life-changer.

"They are going to take the unfunctioning left ventricle and make it function.  So he virtually will have a normal heart whereas before, with Hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a child can only exert two-thirds the energy as a normal person," explains Corn.  "After this surgery then, he will be able to run around like normal kids and if everything works, then he won't need a heart transplant."

It's a simple wish for a child who has already beaten some overwhelming odds.

You can buy a bracelet to support Dylan and his family by going to his Facebook page called "Support Dylan Dainger."  You can also donate to Dylan's fund by sending checks or money to Dylan Snyder Benefit at Citizens Community Federal, P.O. Box 214, Altoona, WI, 54720.

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