Grant’s Story

When you look at Grant’s big grin, you would have no idea the challenges this young man has faced. When he was born at 40 weeks and 4 days gestation, he appeared to be a healthy baby boy weighing 9lbs. 6oz. It was a wonderful moment for the Geyer family. But it was just that – a moment. Within only hours after Grant was born, something seemed not quite right. He underwent hours of testing and the decision was made to transport him to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. It was there that he was diagnosed with transposition of the great arteries, two holes in his heart – ASD/ PFO,  and bicuspid aortic valve stenosis.

As soon as Grant arrived at Nationwide Children’s, he received an emergency heart catheterization and, at only five days old, he underwent life-saving open heart surgery. His second open heart surgery was in October of 2014 when he was seven years old. He will most likely have his third open heart surgery in about ten years and will remain on blood thinning medication for the rest of his life. “His heart is now in the best condition it has ever been in and we are looking forward to what life has in store for Grant. He can run, jump and play just as any other heart healthy child,” says Grant’s mom, Amie.

The Heart Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital has expertise, compassion and the most advanced technologies. As the leader in pediatric care, we offer cardiology services, cardiothoracic surgery, and everything else you would expect to find at a nationally-renowned heart center. Pediatric and adult patients with all forms of congenital heart disease and acquired cardiomyopathy have access to world-class diagnostic, treatment and research facilities. And all locations are staffed by pediatric experts who provide patients and their families with innovation and advancements not found elsewhere.

“It is hard to put into words what Nationwide Children’s means to our family. Without the hospital and its amazing staff, our son would not be here today. We are extremely thankful for the magnificent staff and extremely talented doctors, surgeons, nurses, and medical professionals. I truly believe they are the reason our son is alive and well today. We are forever grateful,” says Amie.

Grant enjoys bowling, playing Minecraft and being outside playing, riding bikes, going to the park and swimming.  What he loves the most is guinea pigs and one day he plans to be a veterinarian to care for them and other animals.

Grant’s father, Jordan, is a big fan of golf, and Grant is catching the bug getting really exciting about being a Patient Champion for the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide.

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When you look at Grant’s big grin, you would have no idea the challenges this young man has faced. When he was born at 40 weeks and 4 days gestation, he appeared to be a healthy baby boy weighing 9lbs. 6oz. It was a wonderful moment for the Geyer family. But it was just that – a moment. Within only hours after Grant was born, something seemed not quite right. He underwent hours of testing and the decision was made to transport him to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. It was there that he was diagnosed with transposition of the great arteries, two holes in his heart – ASD/ PFO,  and bicuspid aortic valve stenosis.

As soon as Grant arrived at Nationwide Children’s, he received an emergency heart catheterization and, at only five days old, he underwent life-saving open heart surgery. His second open heart surgery was in October of 2014 when he was seven years old. He will most likely have his third open heart surgery in about ten years and will remain on blood thinning medication for the rest of his life. “His heart is now in the best condition it has ever been in and we are looking forward to what life has in store for Grant. He can run, jump and play just as any other heart healthy child,” says Grant’s mom, Amie.

The Heart Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital has expertise, compassion and the most advanced technologies. As the leader in pediatric care, we offer cardiology services, cardiothoracic surgery, and everything else you would expect to find at a nationally-renowned heart center. Pediatric and adult patients with all forms of congenital heart disease and acquired cardiomyopathy have access to world-class diagnostic, treatment and research facilities. And all locations are staffed by pediatric experts who provide patients and their families with innovation and advancements not found elsewhere.

“It is hard to put into words what Nationwide Children’s means to our family. Without the hospital and its amazing staff, our son would not be here today. We are extremely thankful for the magnificent staff and extremely talented doctors, surgeons, nurses, and medical professionals. I truly believe they are the reason our son is alive and well today. We are forever grateful,” says Amie.

Grant enjoys bowling, playing Minecraft and being outside playing, riding bikes, going to the park and swimming.  What he loves the most is guinea pigs and one day he plans to be a veterinarian to care for them and other animals.

Grant’s father, Jordan, is a big fan of golf, and Grant is catching the bug getting really exciting about being a Patient Champion for the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide.

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