Branson is a Maryland local, and very special Heart Warrior.
Anthony was born in 2016 and lives with his family in Montana. He absolutely loves animals, is obsessed with trains, and is so friendly and happy. Anthony was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) along with Trisomy 18 (Edwards Syndrome). TOF consists of a group of four congenital heart defects: narrowed pulmonary artery, an opening in the wall between the two lower chambers of the heart (ventricular septal defect or VSD), which overrides the aorta so the aorta is shifted toward the right side of the heart, and enlargement of the right ventricle.
Collier was born in 2017 and was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) in the 20-week anatomy scan before birth. In HLHS, the left side of the heart is critically underdeveloped. Like so many Heart Families, Collier’s parents decided to travel from their home in Mississippi to Children’s Hospital in Dallas, Texas, where they left behind their 3-year-old son.
Collier was also quite picky about his food. He was switched to non-fat formula for 6 weeks, however hated the taste so much he refused to eat, so Collier had a feeding tube placed. As soon as the 6 weeks was over, the feeding tube was removed and Collier once again ate like a champ! Collier was discharged after a total of 110 days inpatient and made the trip back to Mississippi to meet his big brother.
Once he was discharged, he never looked back. Today, Collier attends a Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care, which is a daycare for medically complex children. Collier’s parents are so thankful for how far he has come. They continue to share their Heart Warrior’s story to give other Heart Parents hope for their Warriors.