Hans & Franz
Thank you for visiting team Hans & Franz! We're so excited and thankful to have you join our team!
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 :)
We want thank Dr. Natarajan, Dr. Rome, Dr. Corcoran, Dr. Spray and all the wonderful staff at CHOP for all of their hard work and dedication to giving Colin, Andrew and all the other heart warriors out there the best life possible. We are excited to be participating in the walk again this year and hope to beat our fundraising total last year of $4,500. The money raised will go towards life saving research that will hopefully help Andrew & Colin live long, healthy and awesome lives!