Our son, John Lumpkin, was born on March 25, 2005 at Thomas Hospital in Fairhope. He was a blue baby and was immediately transferred to USA Women and Children’s Hospital in Mobile. He was diagnosed with Ebstein’s Anomaly of the Tricuspid Valve, a very rare and severe heart defect.
Three days later John was flown to UAB Children’s Hospital in Birmingham. While in Birmingham, John’s body began to shut down. His kidneys and liver had stopped functioning, his lungs had collapsed and he gained a small brain bleed. The search was on for a surgeon that could do this delicate surgery.. Several of the major hospitals had turned John away because of the severity of his heart. On the fourth day we received a call from Dr. Christopher Knott-Craig at the OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, OK agreeing to John’s surgery. He was immediately flown to Oklahoma City. Everyone had hoped to wait a month before he would have his surgery, so that his body could get stronger. The surgery was done a few days later on April 7th, with a fifteen percent chance of survival. John would be the eighteenth
Baby to have the surgery in the world. Four hours after his operation he was doing much better.. He is now the thirteenth baby to survive the surgery. Today is a healthy and active six month old. He is not on any medications or monitors. Dr. Knott-Craig has asked our family to appear on a documentary on Ebstein’s Anomoly that will film in Oklahoma City on October 14th, we have accepted. We would like to thank the Rileigh & Raylee Angel ride Foundation for making a stressful moment a little easier.
Matt, Darlene & John Lumpkin