Tyson Hugh Hooper

Tyson Hugh Hooper
Our son, Tyson Hugh Hooper, was born with coarctation of the aorta, hypoplastic arch, and a transitional avsd. His first open heart surgery reconstructed his aorta and was on day 9 of life. His second open heart repair was not anticipated to be needed until two or three years of age. Ty had other plans. We spent the vast majority of his first 3 months of life at Vanderbilt as he went into heart failure and was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension. As a result, the medical team concluded that he needed the repair much sooner than usually recommended, and at just shy of 3 months old Ty underwent his second life saving open heart surgery. God has already worked so many miracles in Ty's life and the life of our family and we know he is using our story. Because of this, we are grateful for Ty's special heart and feel beyond blessed that God chose us to travel this road. We ask for prayers as Ty continues to heal. We are praying for a full recovery and life without restrictions for Ty. We are praying for God to use our family and Ty for His glory.

Thank you to each and every person who supports us through prayer, giving, or just by loving on our family! We are humbled and blessed by all of the ways the Lord is providing for us and know that he is using Ty and his story to do great things!

Sunday, September 11, 2011


Every year on this day, my mind drifts back to that day.

I always feel inclined to post something - such a significant day should be noted, remembered, retold.  But I never seem to have the words.

I find it very sad that so many young people haven't been taught, haven't been told, an don't understand what this date "9/11" means to citizens of the United States.  Last year I was shocked at the number of students that didn't know "exactly" what happened.  I got responses like, "a bomb went off in New York" or "didn't someone bomb New York and the Pentagon?"  I realize that my middle school students would have only been babies at that time, but I would think that in 7 years of schooling someone would have shared more about this tragic event that did, even though they were young, happen in their lifetime.

I still don't have many words to share or anything profound or beautiful to say.  Today, I just remember... and I will never forget.


Sarah said...

I can't beleive they don't know! How can that possibly have been allowed to happen? I still dont' understand who thinks its a good idea to not show the video, why we're not supposed to be angry! Those kids need to see those videos, and pictures, and hear the interviews, and see the tears, and the grief! They need to know!