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W. MI boy with rare illness gets wish granted

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — A West Michigan boy with a rare illness was granted a wish Wednesday morning with the help from Make-A-Wish Michigan.

"He was born with Hypoplastic left heart syndrome. It essentially means the left side of his heart was severely under developed so he had to have three open heart surgeries," said Michelle Gibson, mother of 6-year-old Lucas Gibson. 

Those three surgeries were all in the first 18 months of his life. Since then, it has been constant doctor visits, seven in October alone. There will likely be more surgeries and possibly a heart transplant in Lucas' future. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, less than 1,000 babies in the United States are born with Hypoplastic left heart syndrome each year. 

"It’s been a rough scary journey. There is no cure for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome," Michelle Gibson said. 

Make-A-Wish Michigan surprised Lucas and his family at Metro Health University of Michigan Health Hospital with a trip to the happiest place on Earth — Walt Disney World.

Lucas' mom works at the hospital where the lobby was filled with more than 100 of her coworkers as his wish was granted Wednesday morning.

"This is something we probably couldn't ever give to Lucas ourselves. Just to be able to away from reality, away from all the doctor visits and have some fun and be a normal kid," Michelle Gibson said. "We don't know what our future holds and we don't know exactly how long we'll have Lucas so we make the best of what we can.

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Online:

CDC: Hypoplastic left heart syndrome facts

Make-A-Wish Michigan


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