By TOSHA BAKER
Despite the cold a very special boy just celebrated his first birthday this past weekend with an outdoor picnic theme and plenty of presents and cake.
By just looking at a picture of Lincoln Shockey enjoying his Elmo birthday cake, one would never guess that he is anything but a normal baby, but Lincoln has rare heart defect called Hypoplastic left heart syndrome, meaning the left side of his heart is critically underdeveloped.
After enduring multiple surgeries including two in a series of three needed to make his heart function as best as possible, Lincoln is doing well.
Nine weeks ago Lincoln’s Mother Marissa Shockey began weening him from his feeding tube. For the past two to three weeks Lincoln has been eating anything and everything he can and is pretty much tube free, Shockey said.
“We were super happy because he was able to eat his birthday cake, which we didn’t even think was possible two months ago,” she said.
Though Lincoln’s health is greatly improving he still needs the Fontan Operation, the final surgery in the series of three.
This procedure connects the inferior vena cava, the blood vessel that drains deoxygenated blood from the lower part of the body into the heart, to the pulmonary artery. At this stage, all deoxygenated blood flows passively through the lungs. Though it does not make the heart function normal, it does allow children to grow and enjoy more physical activity.
At the end of June Lincoln and his family is scheduled to travel to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for his yearly follow up. They will discuss when Lincoln should get Fontan Operation and any other surgeries he may need.
Shockey is hosting a bake sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday June 8 in front of the court house in Stanton to raise money for the trip.
Money will also be raised for Kerrington’s Heart, a non-profit organization in Lexington dedicated to the education, support, and encouragement of children with heart disease, their families, and their caregivers.
The bake sale will include donuts and coffee for breakfast, hot dogs and chips for lunch as well as cakes cookies and various other bake sale items.
Shockey will also be taking orders for their 1 in 100 Lincoln Street T-shirts for $20 a shirt.