Parents of unborn Sevierville baby with heart defect need help

Parents of unborn Sevierville baby with heart defect need help

Posted:
Fetal echo cardiograms reveal Heather and Allen Cox's unborn child has a potentially fatal heart condition. (source: Cox family) Fetal echo cardiograms reveal Heather and Allen Cox's unborn child has a potentially fatal heart condition. (source: Cox family)
"Obviously the fact that my husband's gonna be out of work, I'm a stay at home mom, I don't work, so he's pretty much the sole breadwinner of the family," said Heather Cox. "Obviously the fact that my husband's gonna be out of work, I'm a stay at home mom, I don't work, so he's pretty much the sole breadwinner of the family," said Heather Cox.
Allen Cox, who works at the Titanic exhibit in Sevier County, won't be able to work for six to eight weeks, but the family has bills to pay and travel expenses. Allen Cox, who works at the Titanic exhibit in Sevier County, won't be able to work for six to eight weeks, but the family has bills to pay and travel expenses.

By LORI TUCKER
6 News Anchor/Reporter

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - Sevierville couple Allen and Heather Cox are expecting their third child and only son Wyatt Daniel in November. For awhile, they've known the baby has a potentially fatal heart condition.

Fetal echo cardiograms revealed hypoplastic left heart syndrome when Heather was 24 weeks along.

As she explains, "the left side of the heart is there; it's smaller than the right side, but it's not functioning."

The syndrome forces the right side of the heart to take over, pumping blood to both the lungs and the rest of the body. It's not enough to sustain life.

"We asked in the beginning if it was genetic, to look back in the family history and see, and they didn't, couldn't, say 'yes' or 'no'," explained Allen Cox.

Treatment involves either a series of three surgeries at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, one right after the baby is born, or a heart transplant. Right now, the plan is to do the surgeries.

Allen Cox will travel from Knoxville with the baby when he's transferred to Vanderbilt. Heather is giving birth via Caesarian section, so she will have to wait a few days before making the trip to Nashville.

This means Allen, who works at the Titanic exhibit in Sevier County, won't be able to work for six to eight weeks, but the family has bills to pay and travel expenses.

"Obviously the fact that my husband's gonna be out of work, I'm a stay at home mom, I don't work, so he's pretty much the sole breadwinner of the family," said Heather Cox.

Friends of the family have organized a benefit Speed Show Rodeo at Rural Mount Arena on Oct. 6 at 2500 Grisby Road in Morristown.

The exhibition is at 1 p.m., while the show is at 3 p.m. There will be youth and open barrel racing and youth and open pole bending.

A Facebook page has also been set up to help the family, as well as a page on fundraising site Give Forward.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WATE. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.