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Hi, I’m Blayke! I have two brothers, Ethan and Carson. BC Children’s Hospital is my second home. I was born with a rare chromosomal disorder called Turner Syndrome. It only affects 1 in 2500 female live births. I was born with only one X chromosome as all other girls are born with two. I only had a 1% survival rate. At two weeks old I was diagnosed with my first congenital heart defect called Coarctation of the Aorta. At three weeks old I had closed heart surgery to repair it. The operation was performed while my heart was beating and the doctors operated through the back of my 5th and 6th rib.

In July of 2016 my throat swelled shut from coming down with Mono and Rhino virus. This resulted in me being rushed to the Intensive Care Unit at BC Children’s Hospital. After being in the ICU for 3 hours I was rushed into surgery to have a tube inserted into my airway to help me breathe as I was unable to on my own for a period of 4 days. My lungs were collapsing while I was intubated and I had to fight to survive. I slept the entire time before being woken up at the end of the 4th day to have my tube removed.

In March of 2016 I was told the right side of my heart was enlarged and was placed on a waiting list for an MRI. In April of this year I was told I have two additional congenital heart defects that were found during my scan. This first one found is called Bilateral Superior Vena Cava. It is a rare defect that affects only 2% of patients with congenital heart defects. An average heart should only have one Superior Vena Cava that returns deoxygenated blood, I have two. At the moment the plan is to leave this due to it being very small. The second congenital heart defect that was found is called Partial Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return (PAPVR). This only affects 1 in 10,000 patients that have a congenital heart defect. Two of my three pulmonary veins going from my heart to my lungs were not working correctly. On May 3rd, 2017 I had to have open heart surgery. I was placed on a heart-lung bypass machine and my lungs and heart were stopped for 50 minutes.

These are some of the major things I have gone through in the past four and a half years. This does not include all the other multiple everyday things I have to go through to remain healthy. I take shots every night to help me grow and I see multiple areas of the hospital on a regular basis to ensure I am healthy and moving through life like any other normal child. I see of have seen many different areas of the hospital such as Genetics, ENT, Endocrinology, Cardiology, Ophthalmology, Respiratory and that’s just to name a few.

My older brother Ethan has been a patient at the hospital many times as well and has been seen/followed by 3 different areas of the hospital during the first 6 years of his life. Also my little brother Carson is waiting to have a day surgery at BC Children's hospital. If you would like to read why they give back to the hospital you can read their donation pages at www.bcchf.ca/ethan and www.bcchf.ca/Carson.

This year marks my Second of many years to come of giving back to the hospital that has done so much for me and my family. I would like to share in the joys of my birthday by supporting other children that face fears in health like I do. I have everything I need and more so I would like to ask that in lieu of a present you bring a cash gift. With all the money given I will be splitting it 50/50 between me and the hospital. This is a win-win approach:

Win #1: I learn to support the community by giving and supporting others.

Win #2: I will get to use the money for a gift I truly want

Win #3: I am supporting a great hospital that is very special to my heart

Win #4: No need for all of my family and friends to run around trying to figure out what to get me and risk spending money on a gift I may never use.

Win #5: At the end of it I get to take all the money donated in and have a photo with a giant cheque with my very own name on it!

If you are unable to attend my birthday but would still like to make a donation to this wonderful hospital to help support ongoing specialized clinical care with innovative research programs that help develop new medicines and better treatment designed for children and so much more please click on the Donate Now tab. (Any donations made through my online page will not support me but will instead be donated to the hospital 100%)

Thank You for your ongoing support.

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