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A boy born with underdeveloped heart seeks community help

By: WJAC Web Staff

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Pa. -- Doctors said Brayden Wyant, 5, will not live without a new heart and the community is asking everyone to help.

Wyant is only 3 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 29 pounds.

He was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, said Braydens mother, Sarah Anderson. Which is the left side of his heart is extremely underdeveloped.

Wyant has spent numerous hours undergoing medical procedures and has already had five open heart surgeries.

Little boys and little girls shouldnt have to worry about this, said Braydens grandmother Mary Ellen Anderson. They should be outside and playing, and not have to worry about their heart being junk.

Brayden is in desperate need of a heart transplant and is expected to get one in Pittsburgh within the next six months, but even after the surgery he will be forced to stay in the hospital for months.

[Because] hell have daily tests, said Mary Ellen Anderson.

Members of the McCalmont Township Volunteer Fire Department have stepped in to help with costs for the family to relocate temporarily. They are going to have a spaghetti dinner in Braydens name.

April 12 were going to hold a dinner, it is from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., said Don Byerly, president of McCalmont Township Fire Company. People can donate to help with the food, spaghetti, dinner rolls.

You can live in constant fear, said Sarah Anderson. You never know how long his heart is going to last. 

If you cannot attend the dinner but would like to help, you can donate money for Brayden at the S&T Bank in Punxsutawney. You are asked to mention Care of Brayden.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times