Arkansas City newborn needs a new heart

August 12, 2017 - 2:15 am

Two days after Kasen Clark was born on July 21, his parents, Lindsay and Jeff, took their new, 5-pound-14-ounce son to their Arkansas City home. However, they were not home a week before Lindsay says that something about her newborn wasn't right. Baby Kasen was lethargic and had no interest in feeding. The Clarks rushed their son to the South Central Kansas Medical Center. From there, he was flown to Wesley Medical Center and finally to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. 

Soon after arriving in Kansas City, baby Kasen went into cardiac arrest. 45 harrowing minutes of CPR followed, while hooking him up to a machine to pump and oxygenate his blood.  Kasen is there still, now three weeks old, fighting for his life and awaiting a heart transplant. 

"We are currently waiting for him to get a Berlin heart until he can have a donor heart," Lindsay said on a GoFundMe page. "He is fighting hard and not giving up."

Staff at Children's Mercy diagnosed the newborn with enteroviral myocarditis, an inflammatory disorder of the muscular tissue of the heart that is typically caused by a viral infection. The infection caused Kasen to have a heart attack.

While the Clarks wait painfully for answers and a glimmer of hope, they say Kasen is yawning, able to move his arms and legs, and even smiles at his parents.

"He's very ticklish on his toes."

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