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Benefit to be held for Levi Silfverston on Saturday

A benefit will be held for Levi Silfverston on Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Brownton Bar & Grill. The meal will be served 4 p.m.-9 p.m. which includes either a bourbon BBQ pork loin or spaghetti and meatballs. A silent auction will run from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Levi is recovering from a heart transplant which he received in September.
Levi is the son of Leif and Angie (Klockmann) Silfverston of Brownton. He was diagnosed with congenital heart disease at the age of five months and had his first surgery November 2006 to repair the coarctation of the aorta.
The next group of surgeries were to prepare his heart to be strong enough for a double switch surgery which switches the right and left ventricles of the heart. He was born with them reversed. This surgery had to be completed before he was eight years old. To prepare his heart, they placed a band and tightened the valve that would be one day pumping into the large heart chamber. If the band placement failed and his heart didn’t strengthen, his only option would be to wait for his heart to fail and be put on the transplant list at that time.
He underwent his first band placement surgery at the age of two and, at the age of six, he had another surgery to tighten the band to make the heart work harder and strengthen it more. In September of 2013 at the age of seven, the double switch was about to be attempted but his heart was still not strong enough and again the band was tightened. A few months later in January 2014, the double switch was performed. He was seven years old.
In August of 2013, it was determined that Levi needed a mechanical aortic valve placement as his aortic valve was leaking and worsening. A few days after that surgery, he needed surgery to install a pacemaker because his heart couldn’t stay in a normal sinus rhythm. He would go in for follow-up appointments often and they would eventually slow to every six months.
In April 2023, Levi was stable at his regular six-month appointment. But on July 10, he woke up with a swollen face and eyes. Angie took him to urgent care and he was transferred to the emergency room for more tests for what was thought to be an allergic reaction. Cardiologists decided that Levi should be transferred to Children’s Hospital. More tests were run there and they determined Levi was officially in heart failure. He was placed on the transplant list and remained in the hospital until he could receive a donor heart.
Levi received a donor heart and had surgery on September 6. The surgery was a success and he has been recovering in the hospital since.

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