From bumps and bruises to respiratory issues, Hampton Cooper’s parents Melissa and Chris became quite familiar with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta when he was between the ages of 5 months and 3 years old.
But, it wasn’t until he was almost 3 that a closer look into Hampton’s hospital visits helped doctors determine he was struggling with a very rare heart defect. “He had a complex vascular ring, was also missing his left pulmonary artery and had a bicuspid aortic valve,” Melissa said. “We were looking at three significant heart defects.”
Hampton was struggling to breathe and his health was declining quickly. The Children’s care team created a plan that included two complex heart surgeries.
“I was super anxious about Hampton feeling traumatized by the first surgery, but leading into the second surgery, he asked when he would get to go ‘back to his hospital,’” Melissa said. “It’s amazing what Children’s is able to do, giving kids a positive experience, even when they are going through adversity.”
Melissa and Chris are very thankful for how well Hampton has done post-surgery. He is running and keeping up with his siblings, and he’s one of Hope and Will’s–the Children’s mascots–biggest fans.
“Our outlook and perspective on life is a lot different now,” Melissa explained. “There are so many blessings and so much to be grateful for.”