Month: May 2015

Dalton’s Heart: A mother’s gift of life

Dalton senio picDalton Igoe plays quad drums in his high school marching band. But thanks to the gift of an organ donor, he’s also marching to another beat – the sound of his new heart.

The 18 year old Altoona Area High School senior was born with six congenital heart diseases and had four open heart surgeries before the age of five. When he was 12 years old, Dalton developed a condition call “protein losing enteropathy”. It starves the body of necessary proteins and caused him to be shorter than his brother who is six years younger.

By the time he was 15, the condition had taken a toll on his heart. Continue reading

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