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Blountville boy who received new heart, lungs dies

March 23rd, 2014 8:43 pm by Staff Reports

Blountville boy who received new heart, lungs dies

Weston Keeton, pictured just before his heart valve surgery on March 3. (Photo Contributed)

Weston Keeton - the 7-year-old Blountville boy who underwent heart, heart valve, and lung transplants in the last four months - died Sunday afternoon.

The news came around 6 p.m. via Weston's Facebook support page - Weston's Warriors - which is operated by his parents, Adam and Julie Keeton.

After his birth, Weston was diagnosed with aortic and mitral stenosis and an abnormal left ventricle of the heart. He had his first surgery - a valvuloplasty, which repairs heart valves - at 9 days of age at the Duke University Medical Center.

Weston's health problems persisted, however, and, after three years of seemingly healthy behavior, he was also diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, which is the term for unusually high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs, which causes one side of the heart to work harder than normal.

In June of 2011, at 5 years old, he checked into the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Cardiac Care Unit to wait on a heart and double-lung transplant. That wait would take over two years, with Weston receiving his surgery in December of 2013.

Following that surgery, earlier this month, Weston underwent another valve replacement surgery on his new heart. Less than three weeks after that surgery, however, Weston died.

Funeral arrangements are unknown. Anyone wishing to extend condolences can do so by visiting the guestbook at www.cotaforwestonk.com, or by writing a message at www.facebook.com/WestonsWarriors.

Earlier stories about Weston:

5-year-old waiting on transplant

After heart, lung transplant, Weston readies for another fight

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