Brian Kataryniak leads an active life as manager of the Lakewood, NJ, Sky Zone Trampoline Park, an indoor fitness center filled with kids bouncing on trampolines, shooting hoops and diving into foam pits. And he enjoys keeping active himself, with an assist from his new artificial Melody heart valve.
The 21-year-old was born blue, suffering from Ebstein's Anomaly, a rare heart defect in which the tricuspid valve isn't formed properly, allowing blood to flow back into the right atrium of the heart. Since birth, Brian has undergone seven heart surgeries and become the first CHOP patient to have received both a porcine heart valve and an artificial heart valve.
The Asbury Park Press caught up with Brian between his duties at the Sky Zone Park and his camp counseling duties at Camp Kataryniak, a sleepaway camp for kids with heart conditions in New York.
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