‘Miracle baby’ set for third heart surgery

Although he faced immeasurable odds since before birth due to a heart defect, a local baby is described as “happy, lovable” and mostly healthy.

Before he turned 1 year old, Carter Comer, of Wapakoneta, had two surgeries on his heart due to a rare congenital heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, in which the left side of his heart is severely underdeveloped.

“A normal person has four pumping chambers in his heart,” Carter’s mother, Chelsie Comer, 24, said. “(Carter) has all four chambers, but only three pump.”

Chelsie said people meeting Carter for the first time will not recognize Carter’s condition.

“The only thing that you can really tell is the big scar on his chest,” Chelsie said. “He has to have a third surgery though, so it’s going to be a little more noticeable.”

Chelsie said she and her husband, David Comer, 41, found out there were complications at her 20 week check up, when she was sent to have additional ultra sounds and echocardio grams.

“It was a great moment — we found out we were having a boy, and then it all went downhill from there,” Chelsie said.

Chelsie said there were seven major causes for concern with Carter’s heart.

“The doctors kept telling me, ‘prepare yourself, your child might die,’” she said.

Due to the doctors’ warnings about her unborn baby, Chelsie said she tried not to get attached to her pregnancy.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, July 9 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.