Hero of the Month Nathan has been a real HERO since birth. Diagnosed with Tetraology of Fallot, a heart defect, Nathan has already had six surgeries at just 8 years old. His first heart surgery was conducted when he was 3 months old and required a six-month hospital stay.
Tetraology of Fallot has forced Nathan to undergo four separate heart surgeries and two other surgical procedures. Most recently, Nathan suffered through his fourth heart surgery at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, NM, which left him in the hospital for over a week.
“I have interacted with this HERO and his family from admission to the Neonatal Intensive Care at birth to present day,” said his nominating Child Life Specialist Rebecca. “It has been my sincere pleasure watching Nathan grow up.”
Rebecca says Nathan is very mature for his age and never complains about the uncomfortable medical equipment attached to him. Despite his discomfort, Nathan is constantly thinking about his younger sister. After this most recent surgery, the first thing Nathan asked after coming out of anesthesia was regarding his sister’s well-being. He even suggested his mother return home to be with her instead of staying with him in the hospital.
Nathan is a happy, cheerful, and selfless young man who is the perfect example of a Hero of the Month! Congratulations Nathan!