Hoping to have heart

Insurance News Net | By Jon Pompia, The Pueblo Chieftain, Colo.
McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

June 21--As a Pueblo boy awaits a new heart, his mother is on a mission to raise both awareness of pediatric cardiology issues and funds for what will be a lifetime of medical care for her son.

The transplant status of Paul Carlsson, 5, son of Paul and Amanda Carlsson, was recently upgraded to 1-A, the highest level. After a prolonged stay at Colorado Children's Hospital in Denver, Paul was moved to a Ronald Mc-Donald House earlier this week before unforeseen complications mandated placement in the cardiac ICU at Children's, where he is expected to remain for at least a month.

A kind and well-liked child who loves Spider-Man, animals -- especially his small dog Fea -- and the zoo, Paul attends day care and preschool at Stepping Stones Day School.

His plight, his mother said, is a sober reminder to parents that serious cardiac problems can affect children as easily as adults. Although happy and healthy, Paul, at age 3, suffered a stroke in August 2012. A Flight for Life to Children's uncovered the fact that the stroke was due to a blood clot -- the result of a massive aneurysm on the left ventricle of his heart.
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