Since that time, Paul has also had seven angioplasties to open his arteries with stents and to clear the homograph… plus, a stomach surgery unrelated to his congenital heart defects.
“The last time I wrote an e-mail like this was for Paul’s seventh angioplasty in December. During the overnight stay after that, I was sleeping on the couch next to Paul’s bed. He woke up in the middle of the night, and out of the blue he asked me, ‘Daddy, why do I have to do all of these things? All of these heart-things-and my friends in school don’t have to do it?’ That question hung there in the air for a little while…and I scrambled to think.”