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Hill baby continues to make progress

Hill baby continues to make progress
Hill baby continues to make progress
Blake Hill

A Corydon baby continues to make progress after being diagnosed with a heart problem within hours of his birth.
Blake Matthew Hill was born July 6 at 8:55 p.m. at Harrison County Hospital in Corydon. His mother, the former Whitney Leatherbury, said by 11 the next morning, the baby was transferred to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville. The 6-pound, 17-inch infant was diagnosed about two hours after arriving there with ventricular septal defect (VSD), a defect between the heart’s two lower chambers, and interrupted aortic arch.
To complicate matters, Hill said, Blake also has Williams Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that can have mild to moderate learning difficulties. One out of every 7,500 people have WS.
Hill said her son had surgery July 10 to repair the VSD. Almost two weeks later, he was placed back in the neonatal unit. But a second required surgery was done Aug. 28, Hill said.
‘The arch had narrowed so they did angioplasty,’ she said. As Blake gets older, he may have to have his arteries enlarged, according to his mother. ‘And, after he reaches the age of 7, doctors may add a stint,’ she said.
And at one point, Blake’s kidneys weren’t functioning as well as doctors would have liked.
Hill said she and the baby’s father, Troy, have been holding up pretty well. They have been able to hold their son for a couple of weeks now, and they help with his feeding schedule, which has been changed a few times, Hill said.
‘I’ve been down there (at the hospital) every day,’ she said, ‘and my dad (Doug Leatherbury of Salem) goes every day.’
Hill resigned her position as a Title I assistant for kindergarten and first grade at Corydon Elementary School before her maternity leave was over because she didn’t know when she’d be able to go back to work. Her husband, who works at Daramic in Corydon was given three weeks off from work through the Family Medical Leave Act.
Blake’s mother said she is proud of how hard her tiny son has fought to make improvements.
An account for the family has been established at First Harrison Bank. Donations can be made at any of the bank’s branches. Donors need to note ‘Blake Hill fund’ in the memo line of their check.