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Family holds fundraiser to help with child heart transplant costs

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Christopher Browning (Courtesy: Family) Christopher Browning (Courtesy: Family)
Christopher Browning (Courtesy: Family) Christopher Browning (Courtesy: Family)
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A Williamston family is eagerly awaiting a phone call that will change a young boy's life, and they're asking for financial help from the community to see them through once that call comes in.

Chris Browning said his son, Christopher Browning, was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a rare heart defect where the left side of the heart, which pumps blood to much of the body, is critically underdeveloped.

"The doctors said Christopher was literally born with half of a heart," Browning said.

The third-grader at Cedar Grove Elementary, who will turn 10 on Aug. 26, has only grown 2 inches in the last five years and has problems with muscle development, his father said.

The boy has been growing weaker and needs a heart transplant to continue grow healthy, Browning said.

The Brownings have been seeing organ donation specialists at MUSC and doctors there expect that a new heart will become available for Christopher within the next year.

"The call could come in any day," Browning said. "It's so sad that another child has to die before Christopher can get this surgery that he needs to live, but we are all just anxiously waiting for the doctors in Charleston to call us."

Christopher will require continual treatment in Charleston for several months after the procedure, and Browning said the family will need money to rent a place where Christopher's mother and younger brother can stay while the boy recovers.

Browning said the family has organized a yard sale and hot dog sale to help pay for the upcoming expenses.

The yard sale will be held Sept. 6 at a family home at 218 Stoneybrook Rd. in Pelzer, near the Stoneybrook fishing lake.

Browning said the sale will begin at dawn and will continue as long as people keep coming out.

Browning said donations can also be made to the Browning Family trust at any Sun Trust bank.

Anyone who can't make a monetary donation but would like to donate items for the yard sale are asked to call Browning at 864-221-4745.

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