HOBART, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana boy who overcame the odds to survive a rare congenital defect in which he was born with his heart outside his chest has died at age 13.
When Tyler Jacob Todd was born in August 2000, doctors gave him less than a 1 percent of survival. But he survived a four-hour procedure in which surgeons placed his heart back inside his chest and covered it with a protective material.
The Times of Munster reports (http://bit.ly/19qVT0Z ) Tyler died unexpectedly Thursday at his family's Hobart home. He had recently undergone another surgical procedure in Memphis.
His great-aunt, Maryanna Mooney, says despite a lifetime of surgeries Tyler was able to enjoy the joys of being a normal boy during the past four years and he thrived on NASCAR racing.
Information from: The Times, http://www.thetimesonline.com