Michigan organ donation: Baby needs a new heart

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Lisa and Howard Collins’ beautiful 10-month old grandson, Anderson Moreno, needs a new heart.

Anderson has been waiting in C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, since June 2 for what will be a lifesaver.

It’s been a difficult vigil for the entire family. Collins, who lives in Kimball Township, said she wants people to know there is a great need for organ donations and she wants people to register as donors.

“For ourselves, as adults, as we’re getting our licenses, we think about becoming donors as adults, but we don’t necessarily think about it for our children,” she said.

She said the family has been in touch with people at Mott about an organ donation.

“I can understand where parents might be hesitant to make that final decision to donate their child’s organs,” Collins said.

Collins said Anderson was diagnosed with a condition called dilated cardiomyopathy.

“His left ventricle was enlarged and suppressing and had collapsed the left lung,” she said. “His heart had become so enlarged, there wasn’t an opportunity for it to go back to the size of what an infant’s heart should be.”

The family will have a fundraiser 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Bowl-O-Drome, 522 Quay St., Port Huron. The cost is $20 and includes two games of bowling and shoe rental. There also will be a raffle and 50/50 drawing.

If you wish to become a registered organ donor in Michingan, please register on our Michigan organ donation page.

Source: The Times Herald

Photo source: Lisa Collins