Mov­ing for­ward one day at a time

Heath Lear suc­cess­fully un­der­goes sec­ond heart surgery

The Pilot - - NEWS - BY CHRISTY JANES christy.janes@pi­lotnl.ca

Heath Lear is still rel­a­tively new to this world but al­ready he has shown in­cred­i­ble strength and de­ter­mi­na­tion.

At the ten­der age of nearly five months, Heath still has a big jour­ney ahead of him. Heath was born with com­plex con­gen­i­tal heart dis­ease.

On Oct. 4, he suc­cess­fully un­der­went his sec­ond surgery at Sick Kids Hos­pi­tal in Toronto.

The day fol­low­ing his surgery his Dad, Mark Lear posted on Face­book that Heath was feed­ing from a bot­tle and had his breath­ing tube taken out.

“One step at a time, one day at a time he’ll get through this and let us know when he’s ready to come home,” Lear said.

Last Thurs­day Heath was moved back to the car­di­ol­ogy ward where he started in a step down room where there’s one nurse for ev­ery two pa­tients.

“He is pro­gress­ing well so far, still in some pain and hav­ing some fluid build up but they’re work­ing on that,” Lear told The Pi­lot from the hos­pi­tal in Toronto.

Both Lear and Heath’s mother, Jes­sica Wool­frey, ex­tended their ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the Ron­ald McDon­ald House in Toronto and St. John’s as well.

“The Ron­ald McDon­ald house is an amaz­ing place for fam­i­lies,” he said. “I can’t imag­ine be­ing here in a ho­tel for an in­def­i­nite time. They take good care of us at the house.”

The fam­ily is tak­ing Heath’s jour­ney one step at a time. They are over­whelmed and ap­pre­cia­tive of the sup­port, well wishes and prayers for their son and a speedy re­cov­ery.

But Lear ad­mit­ted it’s never easy to see your child go through what Heath has al­ready gone through.

“It’s a big part of our life and his too,” he shared on Face­book with pic­tures of Heath prepped for surgery. “It’s a sym­bol of just how strong he re­ally is and that he’s a su­per­hero we get to call our son.”

He said the pho­tos show peo­ple the real side of surgery and it isn’t all smiles, but a long re­cov­ery ahead for fam­i­lies who go through this with their chil­dren.

“For all the kids who go through chil­dren’s hos­pi­tals, this is life, and as real as life can get for any par­ent,” he said.

“All signs point in a pos­i­tive di­rec­tion though so we’re def­i­nitely happy about that and we’re still pray­ing for a speedy and healthy re­cov­ery though of course,” Lear said. “He’s got a long road yet but he’s strong and will get through it.”

“. . . he’s a su­per­hero we get to call our son.” Mark Lear

PHOTO SUB­MIT­TED BY MARK LEAR

Mark Lear (left) and Jes­sica Wool­frey held their son Heath right be­fore he was wheeled into the op­er­at­ing room for his sec­ond heart surgery last week. Heath Lear and his best friend, Di­nosaur.

PHOTO SUB­MIT­TED BY MARK LEAR

PHOTO SUB­MIT­TED BY MARK LEAR

Health Lear two days after his sec­ond heart surgery at the Sick Kids Hos­pi­tal in Toronto.

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