Basehor event benefiting the Swaim family after baby surgery
When Megan Swaim had her 25 week ultrasound of her son, Hudson, she heard what all parents dread. Megan and her husband Colby have been told that doctors are concerned about their baby’s heart. They were quickly referred to a cardiologist and then to Children’s Mercy Hospital so Megan and Hudson could be closely monitored for the remainder of her pregnancy.
Hudson was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, which affects normal blood flow to the heart. In cases like this, as a baby develops during pregnancy, the left side of the heart does not form properly. This is a type of congenital heart defect.
Hudson was also diagnosed with aortic coarctation. In this condition, part of the aorta is narrower than usual. If the narrowing is severe enough and the disease goes undiagnosed, the baby would likely need surgery soon after birth. While those two diagnoses weren’t worrying enough, Hudson also has a ventricular septal defect, which occurs if the wall that forms between the two ventricles does not fully develop, leaving a hole.
Before giving birth, Megan underwent numerous tests to determine what type of surgery Hudson would need once born. The medical team told the Swaims that their son would need open heart surgery almost from birth.
“Finding out that your child will have to fight for their life is very difficult to deal with, but the support, love and prayers we received throughout this trip and continued to receive absolutely made this trip less scary, ”Megan said. “Our community has encouraged us a lot and helped us to feel peace in the most frightening times.”
Hudson’s journey brings him home
As for social media, the couple created a Facebook group called “Hudson’s Heart Journey” which kept family and friends up to date on Megan’s pregnancy and Hudson’s health. Hudson was born on April 19, weighing 6 pounds, 4 ounces and measuring 19.25 inches in length.
At just one week old, Hudson underwent eight-hour heart surgery to repair his aortic arch. The operation was successful and just over a week later Hudson returned home to meet the rest of his family, including his older brother Easton.
Now Hudson sees his cardiologist once a month and visits his pediatrician once a week to closely monitor his weight, breathing, heart rate and oxygen levels. He will be under the care of a cardiologist for his entire life, which will include future surgeries and additional procedures. Hudson will likely be unable to participate in contact sports and activities in the future, but the Swaims hope it will be a small price to pay. Because the surgery Hudson had in his first week of life was so invasive, there are risks of developmental delays and neurological problems, but the family is hoping for mild or no effects.
Although the family has medical insurance, bills for Hudson’s birth, surgery, and other procedures have yet to start arriving. Naturally, they are preparing for substantial costs which may not be covered by insurance.
Rusty Bumper Hill event to donate all proceeds to the Swaim family
Two years ago, the Swaim attended a public family event at Rusty Bumper Hill, a small expanse of undeveloped land just outside Basehor that David Staresinic and Mechelle Ogborn use for fun activities for their family and friends. friends. Rusty Bumper Hill is named after the two rusty pickup trucks that are on the lot.
After taking a year off from event planning due to the pandemic, Rusty Bumper Hill organizers asked the Swaims if they could honor Hudson at this year’s event and donate all proceeds to family to cover medical costs.
This year’s event will take place Saturday at 6 p.m. at 179th Street and Fairmount Road and will feature a fly-over of vintage planes, food vendors, raffles, activities for the kids and viewing of the film. “Gone in Sixty Seconds”. Many Basehor businesses have donated generous raffle prizes and serve as event sponsors. In lieu of an event admission fee, attendees are encouraged to purchase raffle tickets with 100% of the proceeds going towards Hudson’s medical expenses. Details about the event can be found on Facebook during the 2021 Cruise and Movie Night.
The Swaims lived in Basehor until recently, and Megan works at the Basehor-Linwood Early Learning Center, where Easton attends preschool. The whole family plans to attend Saturday’s event to visit participants and thank the community for their support.
“We’ve made some longtime friends since our time in Basehor,” Megan said. “Generosity and kindness have served our family so well in more ways than imagined.”