Little Oklahoma baseball player doesn’t let congenital heart defect slow down his game of life

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by: Joleen Chaney
Posted: May 25, 2021 / 05:11 PM CDT / Updated: May 25, 2021 / 05:41 PM CDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – “I like to play baseball, play with my brother and my friends,” Davis Sharpe said.

But it is something his mother was not sure he would ever get to do.

“I remember thinking, ‘will he ever get to play sports?’” Marianne Sharpe
said.

Thanks to the doctors at OU Children’s Hospital, he does.

“The day that he was born, they heard a heart murmur after delivery, and he
was diagnosed with tricuspid atresia with pulmonary stenosis,” Marianne said.

It was a lot to take in for the new mother.

“You’ve just become a mom and have this beautiful baby, and you hear this
diagnosis. You just have this fear, and you wonder what his future is going to
look like, what the next few hours are going to look like, the next few
months,” she said.

The entire right side of Davis’s heart was underdeveloped. Dr. Kent Ward is
Davis’s doctor and began the first of many procedures.

“We basically re-plumb the heart. The heart is a pump, and we do a
re-plumbing job, and we reroute the blood in a different way to get more blood
going to the lungs to make the oxygen saturations come up and be livable for a
while, but to do that we usually can’t do all that in one operation right after
birth,” Ward said.


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