Bryce Nowakowski and his family are from Chicago. His grandparents are Mike and Debbie Aniol from Aniol's Hardware in Hegewisch. It's nice to be able to help one of our own.
Like any child, Bryce deserves a happy and healthy life. He was a success story of a little guy born with a rare congenital heart defect (Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome) who had already completed two of the three needed surgeries to reconstruct his heart. He was happy. His family was happy… and extremely proud to say the least.
However, on April 5th, things drastically changed. With only signs of a stomach bug, he was taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital for an assessment. Upon review, the team found a very large clot in his heart, which over the next few weeks proved too large to dissolve. He experienced multiple heart attacks with resuscitations during this time and on April 18th our little “Superman” was officially listed for transplant. There have been many ups and downs, and with other complications there has been some injury to his brain in addition to irreversible damage to his arm and hands.
This has been a journey that no parent should have to experience but Jeannine and Brian have been by Bryce’s side every step of the way… never leaving... waiting... hoping... praying for some good news.
He has shown us all what bravery, tenacity and strength truly is – and he is our own little superhero.
Update: On July 30, 2014 Bryce received his new heart! He has a long road ahead of him, but as his family says, "at least now we are on the road".
To read more about Bryce, his story, and how you can help, click here http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/bryce-our-superhero/178366
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