A clearance sale will help a patient operated on the heart

GODFREY – A clearance sale is planned to help a young heart patient.

Faculty and nursing staff at Lewis and Clark Community College are planning the Jensen’s Little Heart Dig Sale, Nov. 5-6, in the Hatheway Cultural Center Gallery, to benefit the toddler’s grandson. one of their own who recently had heart surgery.

Jensen Harris is the son of Elyzabeth and Chris Harris, from Bethalto, and grandson of LCCC nursing professor Tracy Colburn, from Brighton.

Before he was born in June, his family found out he would be born with severe heart defects. According to Colburn, he has a double-outlet right ventricle (DORV-DTGA) with large subpulmonic VSD, severe pulmonary stenosis, mild hypoplastic right ventricle, and tricuspid valve dysfunction.

“This means that the aorta and the pulmonary artery are switched and go to the right ventricle, which is smaller than it should be, and there is a gap between the right and left ventricles,” said she wrote in the family’s GoFundMe, which Colburn set up for the family after her grandson was diagnosed.

Jensen spent the first weeks of his life at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, before returning home for a short time. Twice, however, he stopped breathing and was admitted to The Children’s Cardiac Intensive Care Unit on August 27, where he has been since. On October 14, he underwent major heart surgery. Colburn said Jensen is the youngest and smallest patient his surgeon has performed the procedure on.

“Jensen remains at CICU recovering,” Colburn said. “The operation lasted more than 16 hours. We are planning at least another week in intensive care, but he impresses everyone since his condition and his operation are both unique. He’s going his own way, but we can’t wait to bring him home!

Jensen is 15 weeks old and has been in intensive care for 10 of those weeks. During all of this, Elyzabeth was unable to work.

“Jensen’s dad worked two jobs to make ends meet so his mom could be with him, and the family really needs some financial help to help them get through this,” said Diane McDonough, Assistant to the nursing division, which coordinates the fundraising event. “On top of all that’s going on, they recently found out Children’s was out of the network for their insurance.”

Lewis and Clark collect donated quality items to sell. The sale itself will be open to the public for shopping from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, November 5, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, November 6.

Items will not be priced – buyers are encouraged to donate what they think the item is worth knowing that any funds raised will benefit the Harris family. Anything left after the sale will be donated to Goodwill.

Anyone with questions can contact McDonough at [email protected] or 618-468-4401. A Facebook event has been created with more information at https://fb.me/e/2uMXXrTki.

Updates are posted regularly to the family’s private Facebook group, Jensen’s Journey, which those interested can request to join.

Community members and friends can also donate to Jensen’s Little Heart at www.gofundme.com/f/jensens-little-heart.