Jake Carter and Weston – The Vercammen Family

Vercammen KidsJake, Carter, & Weston, along with their big brothers Tyler and Nate, and parents Jeff & Jen Vercammen of Marine City, MI…Welcome to the Family!!!!!

We are Jen and Jeff Vercammen and we have five amazing boys. Tyler (19) Jake (12) Nate (11) Carter (7) and Weston (4).

3 of our 5 boys were born with congenital heart defects that has required them to endure 7 open heart surgeries and many many procedures between the 3 of them.

Jake was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart syndrome…essentially he had half a heart and has had 3 open heart surgeries and will eventually need a heart transplant.

Carter was born prematurely (just shy of 30 weeks) due to supraventricular tachycardia. He has an atrial septal defect and coarctation of the aorta and also has had 2 open heart surgeries.

Due to being premature and also having a clotting disorder he’s had several complications, that required other procedures, including pulmonary hypertension.

The Vercammen FamilyWeston our youngest has a clotting disorder, supraventricular tachycardia, an atrial septal defect, cleft mitral valve, coarctation of the aorta and also has had 2 open heart surgeries.

After weathering these storms and having our boys at a place we could actually call “stable” for the time being, I myself was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, that has spread to my lymph nodes.

I had surgery and radiation last year but the cancer came back again this year and I have had to have an additional surgery and will undergo additional radiation next week.

We have had wonderful support from our family, friends, church family and heart family during it all and I believe it’s how we have stayed so strong!

Our children have learned and continue to learn many life lessons such as compassion and knowing the important things in life. We are blessed!

 
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