Here is the slide show and blurb that was shared at church on Sunday (put the cursor over the photos to see the captions):
Drew was born on February 9, 2004 and surprised his family with the news that along with a full head of hair, he also had a broken heart. Drew was diagnosed with an interrupted aortic arch and a large hole between the pumping chambers of his heart about 24 hours after he entered the world. His heart was unable to pump oxygenated blood to his body and he needed surgery to live.
There is no cure for Drew's disease, but a series of three surgeries is commonly performed. When Drew was one week old surgeons at UCSF performed the first stage, a Norwood procedure. After ten long weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit he was finally able to go home. He had a feeding tube and 9 different medications. In June 2004, when he was four months old surgeons performed his second heart surgery, the Glenn. He was in the hospital for three weeks. On Friday Drew will be having his next open-heart surgery at Stanford.
Drew has endured much in his first four years of life. He also has a compromised immune system, which means that he has a hard time fighting infections. He has been hospitalized with pneumonia at least once every year since he’s been born. Despite all he’s been through he is a very loving and trusting little boy. He enjoys life and loves his family, his friends and his dinosaurs!