Give Blood in Honor of Hendersonville Preschooler
Colby Chance Hitchcock was Born with a Congenital Heart Defect
(Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 19, 2012)
At 20 weeks of pregnancy, Becca Hitchcock’s baby boy was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect called Tricuspid Atresia.
In this condition, there's no tricuspid valve so no blood can flow from the right atrium to the right ventricle. As a result, the right ventricle is small and not fully developed.
“Our emotions had quickly turned from what will his name be to will he survive the remainder of the pregnancy,” said Colby’s mother, Becca Hitchcock.
On Aug. 4, 2008, Colby Chance Hitchcock was born. He spent 11 days inside the neonatal intensive care unit at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, where his heart and lungs were closely monitored.
“This hospital stay was our first exposure to the value of the blood bank. During his stay, Colby required some blood products to stabilize him,” said Hitchcock.
By October, Colby required surgery to place a shunt in his heart. The shunt was necessary to increase blood flow to his lungs.
“Fortunately for Colby, the necessary blood was waiting when he needed it. The American Red Cross and the blood that they supply became a reality for our family. Since that first surgery, we have committed to helping replace the blood that Colby used and then some,” said Hitchcock.
The Hitchcocks knew more surgeries were in Colby’s future. In August of 2009, he underwent a Bilateral Bidirectional Glenn Operation.
“It took the doctors and nurses a little longer to get him settled into the pediatric cardiac intensive care unit than expected. Colby was having some higher levels of drainage from his chest tubes than normal, so they had to monitor those levels really closely. The biggest issue was keeping him replenished via transfusion at the same rate he was draining to keep all of his blood levels stable. Again, we are so thankful for the blood that was available because of the Red Cross,” said Jason Hitchcock, Colby’s father.
Colby underwent a third surgery in March 2011, called the Fontan palliation. The Fontan palliation is the final planned surgery in the repair of a single ventricle-type of heart defect.
“He’s doing really well and we don’t anticipate any future medical issues,” said Becca Hitchcock.
Today, Colby is 3 ½ years old and attending preschool, which he loves.
You can help children with congenital heart disease by giving blood in honor of Colby Chance Hitchcock on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hendersonville Church of Christ located at 107 Rockland Road in Hendersonville. To schedule an appointment for this drive, call Becca Hitchcock at 293-2903. Walk-in donors are welcome.
As a thank you to generous blood donors, everyone who presents to donate blood at this drive receives a coupon for a free appetizer from Mimi’s Café.
How to Donate Blood:
Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information or to make an appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.