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By: CICELY MITCHELL
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Baby Melvin (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Baby Melvin (Photo Credit: Facebook)

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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) Baby Melvin Cole is what many are calling an “angel” sent on earth to remind others of enduring love.

Melvin was born on July 26, 2012 with Hypoplastoc Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). In August of last year, Baby Melvin had his first surgery and succumbed to a difficult time.

“The doctors decided it was best to do an early Glenn Surgery at seven weeks,” according to a post on Facebook. “They believed it would take a lot of the load off his heart and his function would then begin to improve. After the surgery his heart function has still continued to be severe. His doctors came to us with the option of a heart transplant.”

Baby Melvin has been listed as a transplant patient since November 2, 2012. “We [his family and friends]continue to have faith in our prayers that his function will improve and we will not have to go down the path of a heart transplant but are thankful that there are options out there for him,” as stated on Facebook.

According to the ncbi.nlm.nih.gov website, “Hypoplastic left heart syndrome occurs when parts of the left side of the heart (mitral valve, left ventricle, aortic valve, and aorta) do not develop completely. The condition is present at birth (congenital).”

The site further states that the condition is more common in males than females. An event benefiting Baby Melvin will take place in April. Participants can enjoy BBQ, live music, a live auction and other festivities in the name of helping a baby benefit from a much needed organ transplant. The benefit for Baby Melvin is planned for April 7th.

Are you interested in attending the “My Heart Beats For Melvin Cole Benefit”? Here is the event at a glance:

WHAT: “My Heart Beats For Melvin Cole” Benefit

WHEN: Sunday April 7, 2013

TIME: 2:00 p.m. till 6:00 p.m.

ADDRESS: 23713 Nichols Sawmill; Hockley Texas 77447

Click here to visit Baby Melvin’s Facebook page and click here to learn more about HLHS.

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