Mott patient worried heart surgery might make him a Michigan fan

August 26, 2015  //  FOUND IN: Announcements, Our Employees,

Toledo fourth grader’s story makes him a local celebrity and receives national news –from ESPN to Washington Post

What started as a UMHS blog post has turned into a national story about a little boy treated for a congenital heart defect at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

As pediatric cardiologist Dr. Ronald Grifka showed 10-year-old Ivan Applin the wire-framed device that would be used to fix the holes in his heart, the young Buckeyes fan had just one burning concern. He asked if the Michigan doctors were going to make his heart love University of Michigan instead of Ohio State.

Ivan’s story about his treatment at Mott for an atrial septal defect has warmed many hearts – among both Ohio State and U-M fans. It appeared in national news around the country from the Washington Post to ESPN’s Sports Center program. It was also covered by CBS Sports, the Big Ten Network, ESPN websiteFox Sports, Fox News, NBC Sports, the Detroit Free Press, the Detroit News, Sports Illustrated, the Bleacher Report, the NCAA page, Sports Blog Nation,  Yahoo Sports, Ann Arbor News and MSN among others.

Dozens of local TV stations around the country also ran the story. Watch this short TV report from Toledo that tells the story of how their local boy “became famous” with a follow-up interview with Ivan’s mom.

Ivan is among the first patients in Michigan to receive the newly-FDA-approved device used to repair a heart defect known as atrial septal defect. Children born with this condition have a hole in their heart that interferes with proper blood flow to their organs. His procedure at Mott is just one more chapter of his incredible 10-year journey. Read More in our blog post>>