Jack Hanson just turned two years old on Oct. 24 and needs to hang in there a while longer before his little body is strong enough to undergo ground-breaking open heart surgery early next year. On Nov. 5, the public’s invited to attend a craft fair fundraiser at Foxbridge Village to help defray expenses his Branford family is facing.
His mom started non-profit “Jack of All Hearts” to help children and families dealing with pediatric heart disease; now, a local non-profit wants to help little Jack Hanson and his Branford family in their time of need.
On Sat. Nov.5, “Open Your Heart, Help the Community” will host a community craft fair at Foxbridge Village Clubhouse to help raise money for Jack and his family as he prepares to undergo a ground-breaking heart surgery operation early next year.
It will be the eighth operation for Jack, who just turned two Oct. 24 and has already endured one open-heart surgery operation.
The family, including big sister Ava, moved here from Florida when Jack was an infant, to put him in the care of experts at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Mom Laura Hanson founded Jack of All Hearts that same year; running the non-profit while her husband supported the family. But a recent job loss now has both Hanson parents seeking employment while they continue to support their family and prepare to provide a critical operation for Jack.
The little guy was born with a rare congenital heart defect and this September doctors found his blood oxygen levels have dropped to a worrying percentage, nearly causing a rescheduling of the 2012 surgery to take place this month. Jack is a candidate for a recently approved FDA procedure which would allow his own bone marrow to be grafted to his heart and grow, within six months, into a new artery. Jack will be the second to undergo the surgery in the US, under surgeon Dr. Toshi Shinoka who has completed 25 operations in Japan. Alternately, if the bone marrow graft is not viable during surgery, an artificial graft would be installed.