Emmett still smiling despite uphill battle

Local event raises $26,696 for Ausmus family as they continue to cope with son's health problems

S. Andreas
of The Crossroads

When the Ausmus family headed to Edmonton for Emmett’s third open heart surgery April 19, they were full of hope and powered by prayer. Little did they know how tested these tools would be.

Michelle Ausmus referred to her son Emmett as “the toughest little boy” and he’s still smiling.

Emmett, son of Doug and Michelle Ausmus, was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. This is when the left side of the heart does not form correctly. The treatment includes a series of three open heart surgeries, the Norwood procedure, bi-directional Glenn shunt procedure and finally the Fontan procedure.

The Fontan procedure is what Emmett had at the Edmonton Stollery Children’s Hospital on April 19. Following the procedure Emmett was in the pediatric cardiac intensive care unit for four days; this was followed by 10 days in the cardiac ward.

Emmett developed chylothorax, a fluid drainage problem, during his recovery. The doctors believed they had the fluid problem resolved and discharged Emmett on May 3.

For more on this story, please see the Jul. 6 print edition of The Cross Roads. emmett

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