Welcome to Caren's Page
Thank you for your support of team Hans & Franz! Words will never be able to express how thankful I am for all of the support of our family and friends over the past five and a half years. I'm very excited that Team Hans & Franz is participating for the 5th year and hope to surpass our fundraising goals of last year. Team Hans and Franz is in honor of Andrew & Colin Holzhauer, who had the nicknames of Hans & Franz when they were in the womb. At 20 weeks gestation, Andrew was diagnosed with a slight coarchtation of aorta and a bicuspid aortic valve and Colin was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot.
After birth, an echo showed that Andrew's coarch was not as bad as previous fetal echoes had shown and it was decided that he did not need a repair. Our team will continue to watch Andrew yearly to keep an eye on his BAV. Currently, Andrew is doing great. He loves to read about under water sea creatures and build with Legos.
On April 11, 2013 at a routine visit to the pediatrician, Colin had what is known as a "tet spell" and was turning blue. They immediately sent us to the ER and we were admitted to the CICU (Cardiac Intensive Care Unit). Colin had his first open heart surgery the next morning, on April 12. Unfortunatly, during a routin echo 3 weeks later it was discovered that he developed a pseudoaneurysm, which led to his 2nd open heart surgery on May 17, 2013. He has since had four heart catheterizations that have resulted in multiple stents being placed in his RPAs. Currently, Colin is doing so well. 2017 was a HUGE year for him. It marked his first calendar year with no hospitalizations and he was able to take his Make-A-Wish trip to Disney! He loves to play with cars and trains and run around like a wild four year old :)
A giant thank you goes out to Dr. Spray, Dr. Natarajan, Dr. Rome and Dr. Corcoran who have all played the biggest roles in getting Colin and Andrew where they are today. This is our dream team and I can't imagine having anyone else take care of my kids. While we don't love going to the doctor, we do always look forward to seeing the doctors and nurses as they now feel like part of our family.
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