This is Ridha.
He is 8 months old and was born with an underdeveloped heart. Because it is underdeveloped, his heart is missing an entire valve. When a heart is missing a valve like Ridha's, it goes into survival mode and creates two more defects in a last ditch effort to keep the heart pumping, and in this case—to keep Ridha alive.
It is a brilliant maneuver, but it doesn't last. Ridha's body isn't getting the oxygen it needs to thrive, and because of that, he urgently needs a lifesaving surgery.
With two heart patches, sutures, and a team of skilled hands, our medical team is going to attempt to fully restore Ridha's heart.
Ridha is being prepped for his operation right now—get ready, his story is far from over!