"He asked if the Michigan doctors were going to make his heart love University of Michigan instead of Ohio State."
According to the mother of Ivan Applin, that was the only question the ten year old boy had in response to learning about the procedure required to battle his atrial septal defect. Ivan was being treated at the Congenital Heart Center at the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Hospital. The hospital is known across the country for their innovative approaches to dealing with heart defects.
Ivan underwent a cardiac catheterization, and was walking later that day. His quality of life will be greatly improved going forward, and his parents are forever grateful to his doctors' work.
"We are so happy that Ivan could be treated at Michigan in a way that allows him to get back to normal kid life soon," his mother says in the article.
Now, Ivan is not so patiently awaiting the day that he can get out on the soccer field. And you can bet he'll be in an Ohio State shirt when he does.