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Infant Survivor of Heart Defect Gets Name on Racecar

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SHERMAN, TX--An infant who has survived a rare heart defect has inspired his family. They're raising money to help fund heart research. In return, their son get's to have his name on a racecar. 

This is Tucker Hamilton--a healthy, 11 month old boy. When Tucker was born, his family wasn't so sure.

"You know, I had the best day and the worst day of my life within 24 hours of each other," Dena Hamilton said, Tucker's mother.

Tucker was in the hospital for nearly a month after he was born because of a rare heart defect. The left ventricle of his heart never fully developed, and his aorta is about one-tenth the size of a healthy one.

"They rerouted the blood flow through his heart to where the right side of this heart now does the job of the left side," Trent Hamilton said, Tucker's father. 

Two surgeries later, Tucker is full of energy. Doctors say that he'll need a third and hopefully final surgery in a couple years.

"He's a normal 11 month old and so we're--we really feel blessed that, with everything that's happened this first year that he's as normal as he is," Dena said.  

A racecar with Tucker's name on it--and 100 survivors and those lost to heart conditions--will be on the Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee Friday Night for NASCAR.  The names are sponsors for the Chloe Duyck Memorial Fund--a national effort to fund heart research. 

Tucker has raised $500 so far. In a couple weeks, he'll be celebrating another milestone. September 9th is his first birthday.

"We've invited . . . I don't know," Trent said.

"80 people?" Dena said. "It's almost like a small wedding that we're having."

The Hamiltons are happy with Tucker's progress. Doctors say it may be because of his size that he's stayed strong.

 

$10 donations can be made to the Chloe Duyck Memorial Fund via text by texting, "Chloe" to the number 85944. An unlimited number of donations per phone can be made.

To keep track of Tucker's progress, visit the following links.

Tucker's Website: http://www.caringbr idge.org/visit/tuckerhamilton

Tucker's History: www.change.org/ myfundraising/heartoftucker

Bristol Motor Speedway Race: http://www.prweb.com/releases/hope4tinyhearts/Kenny Wallace/prweb4377494.htm

Chloe Duyck Memorial Fund: http://hope4tinyhearts.com/hope/

Jen French, KTEN News