"It's not every day that a 2-year-old boy goes in for open-heart surgery. But it's even less common to have his grandmother's school co-workers rally around him offering prayers and support and even donning t-shirts saying, 'Bless Jake's Heart.'
Jacob White, the son of Rhea County natives Jennifer and David White, was diagnosed with Williams Syndrome six months after he was born. The condition caused a heart valve complication that necessitated his heart surgery.
'It's a fairly routine surgery to the doctors, but it's risky for us,' said Jacob's grandmother Beverly Revis.
Jacob's heart surgery is scheduled for Wednesday at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
He will travel from his Nashville home with nearly a dozen family members, but he'll have a vast support system here in Rhea County too.
His mother came up with the idea of designing t-shirts for friends and family to wear on the day of Jacob's surgery.
'The t-shirt was a way to build support and raise money for the trip to Michigan,' said Jennifer."
Monday, October 5, 2009
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