Baby Hudson set to go home mid-October, fundraiser set for Saturday
ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Last fall, WENY News first brought you the story about a baby boy from Elmira fighting for his life to stay alive. Baby Hudson Weigel is getting better, but remains in the hospital.
Hudson was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and critical aortic stenosis. That essentially means he has half of a heart. Hudson, who turned one on August 21st, spent much of his young life at a children's hospital in New York City. His condition has steady progressed, allowing him to be moved a little closer to home to a hospital in Rochester.
A fighter from the start, Hudson recently underwent his 8th heart surgery.
"They actually have taken him off the heart transplant [list] now because the surgery is working the way it needs to for right now. The possibility of a heart transplant is always there. And then he has also had a tracheotomy placed to help him get home," says Bridget Weigel, Hudson's mother.
Once unsure he would make it, Baby Hudson's family just learned he is scheduled to be discharged to go home in mid-October!
"It's... been one of the hardest years of our life and to ..... to have the reality that to not be sure that day will ever come is hard. So it's overwhelming to think that we've fought, he's fought this long and that all of this fighting, we're finally going to be able to reap some of the benefits," Bridget emotionally explains.
While the fight will continue once back in Elmira, Baby Hudson and his family are staying #HudsonStrong.
Additionally, there will be a benefit happening Saturday, September 7th at Kahuna's Bar to raise money for travel costs for the family. The "Be Hudson's Hero" benefit starts with a motorcycle ride, supported by the Road Jokers MC, at 11:15 a.m. Registration is from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Costs are $20 per driver, $10 per rider. It will cover scenic routes with stops, and return to Kahuna's at 2:00 p.m. (food included on ride).
Then from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. there will be a benefit at Kahuna's Bar in Elmira. Costs are $10 in advanced, $15 at the door. The benefit will include food, Chinese Auction, and music by Pat Comstock and Chris Parshall.
Advanced tickets are available at Kahuna's.