Jacob F. (Remington, IN): My name is Jacob, but you can call me Jake. I am 11 years old and in the 6th grade. My family consists of my dad, my mom, and my little sister. I have a German Shepard, two cats and two rabbits. I love sports and I’m a Notre Dame fan.
I was 10 years old when it all started. I was at football practice when my chest started to hurt really badly. I went to the Emergency Room and was later diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. This means that my heart has an extra pathway that causes the electrical signal to travel to my ventricles too soon. The doctors chose to watch me closely since my heart rate stayed normal most of the time. My condition would still act up when I would run, jump or play any sports.
I had a procedure on October 10, 2012 to remove the extra pathway in my heart. Now my condition is 100% improved. I play three sports and my doctors tell me that I’m in very good shape, and that this will keep my heart healthy. I don’t have to worry anymore about the episodes I was having and the pain that came with them, and my possibilities are endless.
I hope other children with sick hearts can get better. I hope doctors are able to fix their hearts like they did for mine. My family and I are involved with the American Heart Association so we can help make this a reality. My sister has raised the most money at her school for Jump Rope for Heart. I have a team that will be participating in the Heart Walk this September, which I have been saving money for ever since my procedure last fall. We hope that raising money for the AHA will help other people with heart defects have outcomes as good as mine.
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