During a routine sports physical in June 2016, Cole’s doctor heard a heart murmur and immediately referred him to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Cole was diagnosed with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), a disease where the heart muscle becomes abnormally thick, making it difficult for the heart to pump blood. For active 12-year-old Cole who played all sports, this was a devastating diagnosis.
But Cole isn’t one to give up. Within one month of his diagnosis, Cole took up his doctor-approved, new sport of choice – golf. Prior to July 2016, Cole had never even picked up a golf club. He worked hard at learning the game and tried out for the school golf team one month later. Of the eighteen kids who tried out, Cole was one of the nine who made the final cut.
“Nationwide Children’s is Cole’s lifeline. I believe Cole’s resilience is due in part to his team of doctors and nurses offering compassion, hope and understanding, says Cole’s mom Colleen.”
The Heart Center at Nationwide Children’s consolidates all cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery services into a one comprehensive location for care, education and research. We are prepared to treat patients from 0 to 100 years of age with experts in all areas of surgical and medical subspecialties.
After experiencing two cardiac arrests, Cole now manages his HCM with an Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD) placed under his skin, which helps detect and regulate abnormal heartbeats. Cole doesn’t let his disease stop him from living life. He is in all advanced classes in school, maintains honor roll status and finished the 2017 school golf season with the best average on his team for nine-hole competitions and second best for 18. He enjoys hanging out with his friends and attending high school football games.