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If you're yet to hear me brag up my nephew, Carter...here's his story.

At my sister's 20-week ultrasound the amazing Dr. Weinhaus diagnosed Carter with a congenital heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot. It meant there were multiple things wrong with his heart and he was going to be born a fighter.

One of the most privileged days of my life was when I got to be at the hospital for my nephew's grand entrance into the world. It was my first realization of just how serious his heart condition was.

My sister and brother in law weren't even able to hold their baby boy until he was four days old. At that time they were informed that he was going to have his first of seven surgeries at the ripe ol' age of six days. This one was the biggie...open heart surgery to repair his sweet, little heart.

I remember watching the surgical team walk in. They were heroes to me and somehow I resisted my temptation to hug attack them and beg them to make Carter healthy and bring him back to us to live happily ever after.

It was cold and flu season so I hadn't officially gotten to meet Carter until right after his surgery as he was being wheeled into the PICU. They could've kept moving right by me as I attempted to catch a glimpse of my sweet boy...but instead, the Anesthesiologist said to the team, "let's slow down...there's an auntie here who needs to meet her nephew." I'll never forget it.

Carter's heart defect also created some airway issues for him so all in all he was at Children's Hospital for 3 1/2 months. My brother in law commuted to work every day and my sister refused to walk into her house without her son so she stayed at the hospital every day and both of them slept at the Ronald McDonald House close by.

As a mom I know very well that I'll go anywhere and do anything for the health of my son. The ONLY place I'd take my child for anything heart-related is the Herma Heart Center at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. The history of the program and the talent and passion of the team is second to none. We're so lucky it's right down the road in Milwaukee.

The Herma Heart Center saved my nephew's life. And for that I will forever be grateful. For Carter, his future surgeries and procedures and for all of the heart babies already here and yet to come...we need to make sure the Herma Heart Center stays in tip top shape.

All contributions will benefit Children's Miracle Network and 100% of the funds will go to Herma Heart Center at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Every penny helps, and all donations are tax deductible.

To make an online donation just click the "Support Me" button just below here on this page..

Thank you for helping this very grateful auntie give back to the place I owe so much. Much love to you!

-Lanette

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