Braeden Deaver and his twin brother Colin are your typical 3 year olds. They love to have fun, get into mischief, wrestle with each other, hug each other, laugh, make messes, bug their two older sisters, and explore the outdoors. At first glance one may not know that unlike his twin, Braeden only has half of a functioning heart.
Braeden was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), a rare congenital heart defect where the left ventricle does not form correctly and is unable to function. It requires three major open heart surgeries, and sometimes more. There is no cure for HLHS, but science has come a long way in lengthening the lives of HLHS children. Most likely Braeden will need a heart transplant in the future.
Braeden may be small, but he is so strong and full of life. He is truly his parent’s little hero. We hope and pray that science and research will continue to advance in order to help Braeden and all his heart friends live happier, longer lives.
Braeden’s family is so grateful for the wonderful medical care Braeden has received, for the miracles God has shown them, and for all the kind people who care and are donating to Hands for Hearts. We are extremely proud to honor Braeden as this year’s King of Hearts.