KDS student Chance Stapler has experienced more challenges in his young life than most people do in their entire lives. Chance, a 15-year-old 9th grader, was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, a congenital defect that affects normal blood flow through the heart.
Because of his condition, Chance has never been able to play sports or be as active as other children his age. He has undergone numerous surgeries - the first when he was just two weeks old. But when Chance was hospitalized this summer due to a low oxygen level and life-threatening arrhythmia, the doctors at Children's of Alabama decided it was time for a transplant.
Chance received his new heart on August 17, and after a few complications and a total of 76 days in the hospital, he was released on Friday, September 15. He will live in the Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham for 4-6 weeks while he undergoes rehab and heart clinic.
If you'd like to send Chance a card or note of encouragement, his temporary address is:
Ronald McDonald House
c/o Chance Stapler Room 304
1700 4th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233