Jason Shush: Hello, I'm Jason Shush, and my heart is the story. So on the glorious day, September 4, 1999, I was born. Yep. Came home, three days later, you know, normal baby stuff. Probably cried, a lot. So then a nurse came and they said, "Hey, something's wrong." So they took me to the hospital. And they realized I had congenital heart disease. So they realized I only have one ventricle. You're supposed to have two atriums and two ventricles, but I only had one. So I had 3/4 of a heart. So at CHOP, when I was 10 days old I underwent my first of four major surgeries: A Norwood 1 reconstruction. So six months later I come back, and boom – I have a Hemi-Fontan surgery. It's not much. So then 3 years later I come back and boom – another surgery. It's like a "fund a vent." I don't know. It's some doctor word but – so I had to do that. Though it sounds pretty serious it's not that bad. Lastly, when I was 4 years old I had a chamber pacemaker surgery. The pacemaker it's kind of like a little defibrillator in your body that will electrocute you when my heart stops beating. So then when I was 4 years old, I got sent home after the surgery, doing like normal 4-year-old stuff and the only thing I need to do was just visit. First it was probably like every month. And then when I started kindergarten, every three months. And then eventually, as I grew older and older, every six months. So now I'm just a normal 14-year-old boy, video games, friends, sports, usual 14-year-old stuff. So if you're in this situation, don't worry. The staff is great and the best part is you also get to live your life as a normal boy while still being connected to the hospital, almost like a family. So thank you for listening to my story.
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