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Patient families at Norton Children’s Heart Institute connect

Vaseline 2 months ago

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Families of patients at Norton Children’s Heart Institute are connected this weekend. More than 20 families participated in a day of fun during the first “Brave Hearts Family Day” at Camp Hi-Ho in Louisville.


What you need to know

  • More than 20 families participated in a day of fun during the first “Brave Hearts Family Day” at Camp Hi-Ho in Louisville.
  • Families of Norton Children’s Heart Institute patients were able to connect and share experiences
  • Families could zip line, fish, kayak, tie-dye shirts and more
  • Brave Hearts is supported by the Norton Children’s Hospital Foundation and is offering the event free of charge

It was a fun day for the Bumpas family.

“I’m doing the zipline,” said Jane Bumpas.

Bumpas was diagnosed prenatally with tetralogy of Fallot and pulmonary atresia. She is only 9 years old and has already undergone three heart operations.

“It was really scary, really a difficult time for our family,” said Sarah Bumpas, Jane’s mother.

When asked about her surgeries, Jane summed it up with one word: “fun.”

Sarah said Jane had her first operation six days after she was born. The second came about ten months later and the third was when she was three years old.

“Jane doesn’t remember her heart surgery very well, but she knows she is different and that she has this story,” Sarah said. “She calls Norton Children’s her hospital. As we drive by, she says, ‘Oh, that’s my hospital.'”

Families spent time together Sunday as 23 families with patients from Norton’s Children’s Heart Institute were able to share their experiences while participating in many outdoor activities for free at Camp Hi-Ho.

“It’s just an opportunity for everyone to come together and really just take this journey, find other people who have been through the same things that they’ve been through, to be able to go on this journey together,” said Lena Iwu, Norton Development Manager of the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Whether it was on the slide or the fort ladder, Jane spent time with her family and children like her.

“It’s nice for Jane because she doesn’t do a lot of outside activities,” Sarah said. “There’s not much that suits her; she is very small for her age and struggles with her stamina. So it’s nice to be here, where people know about her condition and with children like her.”

As Jane continues to grow, she will undergo more surgeries.

Brave Hearts is supported by the Norton Children’s Hospital Foundation. Norton Children’s encourages all families with patients at the Norton Children’s Heart Institute to participate in their next free event.

There are chapters in Louisville and Bowling Green.