WENY News - Community comes together for newborn in need of heart transplant

Community comes together for newborn in need of heart transplant

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- On August 21st, Hudson Michael Weigel was born at Robert Packer Hospital. Two days later, his family received the news no parents want to hear.Baby Hudson was diagnosed with Mild Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and Critical Aortic Stenosis. 

He was immediately transported to numerous hospitals, either by helicopter or ambulance. Currently, he's in the Columbia Children's hospital in New York City were he's awaiting a heart transplant. Since being born, Hudson has undergone four heart catheterization, 1 hybrid surgery and one major surgery. 

"They're awaiting to see if the surgery on October first could hold him off until he can get his heart transplant, which can take up to six months," said family friend and fundraiser organizer, Jennifer Martin. 

Out of twenty kids a year at Columbia who need a heart, only 2 will actually get one. So, for the family, they're trying to hang tough and stay Hudson Strong.

"It's very stressful," said Martin. "They do nothing but cry. They have three other children at home that they try to stay strong for them. But with a baby with health issues it's hard."

Now the community is coming together to raise money for the family. A spaghetti dinner benefit will be held for them at the VFW in Elmira on November 10th. With all the money going towards the family's day-to-day and travel expenses. Adult tickets for the event will cost $10, which child tickets costing $5.

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