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Family of disabled boy seeks help from community

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What was supposed to be a routine operation to correct an issue with a 9-year-old's heart has resulted in a Connecticut mother questioning if he will ever fully recover. 

Laura Nauss said her son Cody was born with a heart condition - transposition of the arteries.

He had surgery two months ago at Connecticut Children's Medical Center to insert a mechanical valve to stop a continuous leak from his aortic valve, but something terrible went wrong. For 18 minutes Cody stopped breathing while he was on the operating table.

"His heart started to malfunction, so they had to give him chest compressions and the defibrillator, and his heart ended up stopping for 18 minutes, which in turn caused severe brain damage," Nauss said, adding that since April her son has been in recovery but it has been a struggle.

"He's pretty much bedridden and they have to give him therapy to walk and talk" and eat, she said, adding that when he is released in a few weeks there will be challenges like getting him up the front steps of their home, since the home Nauss rents is not wheelchair-accessible.

Citing HIPAA laws, a hospital representative said Connecticut Children's Medical Center cannot provide any specific comments on this particular matter or other matters concerning patients. The hospital also said they are conducting an investigation into what happened, but in the meantime Nauss has set up a Facebook page and Go Fund Me account with the hope of raising enough money from the generosity of strangers to help Cody recover.

"We are looking to move, we can't do it here," Nauss said, adding that she and her family live on the second floor of their East Hartford home.

To visit the Facebook page in support of Cody, click here.

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