Parker was born with multiple congenital heart defects. They include a Coartation of the Aorta, Ventricular Septal Defect, hypoplastic aortic arch and a bicuspid aortic valve. His first open heart surgery took place when he was only 2 weeks old. He stayed in the hospital for 41 days before being released home. He has since has two more open heart surgeries. His second one was at 8 months old and his last one took place this past May. Parker now has a tissue aortic valve thanks to organ donation. He is doing absolutely wonderful at this point. He currently has echocardiograms every 3 months, and has so seen birth...this will probably not change. Parker will require more surgeries as he grows. Through our local Mended Little Hearts group, we have met many other families who have children with heart defects. It is such a wonderful group that promotes awareness on congenital heart defects as well as providing support to families such as our own. Please join us for our 1st ever Mended Little Hearts of Coastal Virginia 5K and 1 mile un run!!