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rare than Hypoplastic Left. Basically, Wyatt was
not born with a right ventricle in his heart. This
means that he was not getting enough blood flow
to support his breathing and too much blood was
getting out to the body. Thirty years ago, babies
with this condition would survive about two weeks
until their PDA (Patent Ductus Artery) would close.
PDA is a vessel that stays open while the baby is
still in the womb. Wyatt also has Dextrocardia. This
means his heart is in the center of his chest, not
on the normal left side.
H et e rot a x y S y n d ro m e i s a l s o ve r y ra re ,
happening in only four out of every one million
babies. Heterotaxy is common among babies born
with heart problems. Heterotaxy means simply
that organs form in the wrong place or not at all.
In Wyatt's case, along with his heart being in the
center of his chest, he does not have a spleen,
his liver is elongated, he has two right lungs, the
pulmonary veins connect in funny spots and a
malrotation in his small intestines. Heterotaxy
Syndrome happens early during fetal development.
There is no real cause for it.
After Wyatt was born he was able to stay in
Roanoke Memorial for 13 days, with no breathing
support, with his brother Brady and sister Sophia. On
July 5th, after his oxygen saturations would not come
out of the 50's (normal is 95 to 100), it was time for
him to be transported to UVA for heart surgery.
On August 8th, 2013, Wyatt had his first
heart surgery, which was the placement of the
BT shunt. A couple days later, Wyatt had several
complications that lead to him losing his right
lung and right pulmonary veins. Wyatt spent eight
months in the UVA PICU, surviving several neardeath situations.
UVA contacted Carilion's Roanoke Memorial
Hospital PICU staff and they agreed to take Wyatt
in February of 2014 as a step-down hospital to work
on getting him home. This worked out so well for our
family. It allowed Wyatt to get back to the Roanoke
Valley and get familiarized with the PICU staff. Stacie
and I were able to get our house and Wyatt's new
room ready while learning to care for him on our
own. Wyatt has also over the past three years had
to revisit the hospital for an illness, ERCP and a bump
to the head. After scaring the ER a couple of times,
we think they are getting used to us.
The nurses, doctors, and staff are incredible
at RMH. Several nurses in the PICU helped make
a very special binder full of detailed med list and
checkoff sheets that we still use to this day. Stacie
and I are so fortunate to live just five minutes away
from a trauma #1 hospital. When living with such
a complicated child, it certainly keeps our minds
at ease."

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Leo Lampros, DDS (deceased)
DR. LEO N. LAMPROS, LTD (LAMPROS ORTHODONTICS)
Nominated for Hero In Memoriam by Penny Lampros
"My father, Dr. Leo N. Lampros, grew up in Roanoke. After
completing his education, Dad returned to Roanoke to be
near his family and to open his orthodontic office. He took
great joy in treating his patients and providing them with not
only a beautiful smile but also confidence in themselves.
His chairside manner eased any child or adult's concerns
and made every patient feel special. He was interested in
each patient's life and not only was he the orthodontist, he
was a father figure to many of them. Dad gave advice and
helped to guide his patients throughout life.
My dad was full of enthusiasm, had a passion for life and
an incredible sense of humor. It brought him great joy to see
his former patients in the community. There was always a
joke and a kind word for everyone.
Professionally, he was known around the state of Virginia
as one of the best orthodontists in the area. Dad had a
passion for his profession and he worked many long hours,
not only treating patients but also making
advances in the orthodontic profession. I had "My dad was full of
the pleasure of working with my father for enthusiasm, had a
several years. It was an opportunity for us to passion for life and
learn from each other and share the profession an incredible sense
that has meant so much to both of us. My of humor. "
father passed away on February 12, 2018.
He will be missed by not only his family, but also those he
encountered throughout his life time. He was a HERO in
the professional community, among friends and patients
and to his family."

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