Brooks Overton

Brooks Overton

In November 2009, at the age of 4, at Brooks annual check-up, his pediatrician noted a heart murmur, which she said not uncommon at his age. The pediatrician said that usually by the age of 4-5 years, most heart murmurs resolve themselves as the child grows. In December 2010 at his annual check-up, the same pediatrician had hoped that Brooks heart murmur had resolved, or at least diminished. Instead, the murmur was louder and more pronounced. She immediately set up an evaluation with a pediatric cardiologist.

Within 5 days, Brooks was diagnosed with a large AVSD. The cardiologist noted that neither valve was completely formed due to the size of the opening of the septum. He was surprised that Brooks had only subtle symptoms of a heart issue.

Brooks had open heart surgery at the age of 5. He was in the PICU for 3 days and then moved to the pediatric cardiology unit. During his stay, Brooks had a echocardiogram daily. While the doctor was viewing the echo at his bedside, the news was on, reporting about the second student in only a couple of days that died from sudden cardiac arrest. We discussed the news report, and the doctor told us that without an attentive pediatrician, that could have been Brooks one day.

Today, Brooks is a active, vibrant 12 year old. Brooks is coming up on his re-evaluation year, when it is decided if he will need another surgery due to his physical growth. We are believing that Brooks will not need a second surgery.