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!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Easter Fun at the Ronald McDonald House!

This past weekend - which seems like an eternity ago and like yesterday all at the same time, we got the girls out for some Easter fun!  We were blessed with great weather and the company of the Hutchings to brighten our day!  Megan, me and the girls went outside for "the Easter hunt," as Ava Grace calls it, and Web, Chris, and the boys stayed inside for guy time in the teen room playing and watching baseball.

It was nice for the girls to get out and do something "normal" for a change.  This last week has been so strange and mostly inside a hospital, so the fresh air was wonderful! 

Ava Grace, who has no fear, ran into the arms of the Easter bunny!  She also gave him a high five and a thumbs up.  She cracks me up with her confidence.

Love these girls and their love for each other!!! 

There was a cake walk, games, bouncy houses, and face painting and the girls had a wonderful time! 

 We also walked to the park across the street to enjoy the weather.  We are so glad spring is springing!