Local teen awaits a heart

SIDNEY DAILY NEWS | Patricia Anne Speelman

CINCINNATI — Hayden Weiskittel, 15, is like most other Anna High School freshmen.

He has Lego sets he likes to create things with. He enjoys playing with his two dogs. He loves video games and having fun on the computer.

There’s just one thing he’s missing: a healthy heart.

The son of Christa and Scott Weiskittel, of Anna, is on the waiting list for a heart transplant. He’s been hospitalized at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital since Feb. 8, but his heart problems date back to the day he was born.

He came into the world with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, Christa said. That’s a congenital heart defect in which the left side of Hayden’s heart was not sufficiently developed to function properly.

He underwent surgery within his first two days of life and another two reconstructive surgeries before he was 2. The procedures were designed to “make what he had work for him,” Christa said. He has two chambers in his heart. Most people have four.

“We knew eventually he’d be on the transplant list and now he is,” Christa added. Continue reading

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