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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Regina family pins hopes on heart transplant for their baby boy

Two-year-old Quinton Buzzeo is in a Saskatoon hospital patiently waiting to hear good news on a heart transplant. FACEBOOK
REGINA LEADER-POST | Brian Fitzpatrick

When two-year-old Quinton Buzzeo was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome he was, for all intents and purposes, starting out in life with half a heart.

The Regina youngster came into the world with a rare defect in which the left side of the heart is underdeveloped from birth and cannot pump blood effectively, thus putting severe pressure on the heart’s right side. Without drastic action, the ‘good’ side will fail under the strain, meaning surgery or a full transplant is required.

Most of us will never go through open-heart surgery, but Quinton had his first such procedure when he was three days old and weighed just four pounds. A second and third followed, with surgeons focusing on correcting the flow of blood to his lungs.

Despite all this, Roz Buzzeo and husband Tom — parents to Quinton, his twin Ethan as well as Hudson, Owen and Keygan — have always known they had a fighter on their hands. Until recently, Quinton was as active as could be. Continue reading
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