Help for Brandon who has VSD

My nephew, Brandon, has VSD and needs our help!

Brandon Lao with VSD
My nephew, Brandon

My nephew, Brandon Emmanuel, is going to turn 2 years old on April 6, 2014.  Normally, kids at this age are happy, active, playful and are just being kids.  Brandon is every bit as normal as all the other kids out there.  The only difference is he’s awaiting heart surgery for his Ventricular Septal Defect and Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (VSD) at the end of April this year.

Brandon’s situation hits me close to my heart because I once had a sister with Methemoglobinemia, Trunous Arteriosus, and Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD disease) which resulted in the inability to separate  the “old” blood and the “new” blood.  Along with a rare, Situs Transversus.  In plain words, my sister’s heart only had 1 ventricle and 1 atrium (instead of 2 of each),  and all of her internal organs were backwards (her appendix was on the left, her heart was on the right, etc). This extremely rare combination made it close to impossible to treat, especially in the 1970’s-1980’s.  Luckily, my sister lived until the age of 14 and was able to experience a little of life before her passing in 1985.

Thankfully,  with such advancement in technology, Brandon has a chance!  My personal mission is to spread the word about how brave and courageous Brandon and his family are.  Not once have they asked for assistance other than prayers for Brandon.

Brandon’s friends and family are doing a benefit in early April in the Philippines.  I cannot be there to support Brandon and his dear family physically, but I am there with prayers every single day.

We all know how expensive it is for anyone with an illness.  I would like to try and raise more prayers and some money for his upcoming battle.  So, I am holding a sale for Brandon.  100% of the profit from net sales will go toward Brandon’s medical expenses (minus material cost and shipping costs).  You can see my Jewelry and Crochet creations at AnnaBela Artistry.

Please help me achieve this goal and help make life a little easier for Brandon and his family.  They have endured so much in such a short time, let’s give them a little less to worry about and more focus on Brandon’s surgery and recovery.  I know that times are tough for everyone.  If anything at all, I just ask that you pray for Brandon and his family and spread the word.

Thank you for your support.  I am most grateful to each and every one of you.  If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact me.  Your prayers and well wishes on the comments below will be forwarded to Brandon.  So….comment away!

Early Percutaneous VSD Closure Promising in High-risk, Post MI Patients

While patients who undergo percutaneous closure of ventricular septal defect (VSD) have a high rate of in-hospital mortality, long-term outcomes are generally favorable in those who survive to discharge, according to a large British registry study


  1. Thank you so much my dear cousin! We are deeply moved by this act of love. We'd like to thank you for your prayers and for all the support! Indeed, caring for Brandon has a lot of demands on the family but it truly is rewarding. We are so blessed to have family and friends like you who are with us in this. Thank you for sharing your beautiful creations with Brandon! Hopefully, he can personally thank you one day!


  2. Our family is deeply touched by your thoughtfulness and generosity. From the bottom of our hearts we thank you for your concern and for all that you're doing for Brandon. Our love to you and your family. God bless! Gretchen and Grace


  3. Yes, prayers are more than enough! Reading about Myra brings back a lot of good childhood memories and she was very lucky to have you as a sister. I'm sure she's smiling right now and proud of who you've become… a good daughter, wife, mother with a very big heart =)


  4. Absolutely praying for Brandon. I shared on Twitter and Instagram. I know the importance of heart surgery, as I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for me having one many moons ago. I'm praying for Brandon, and all of the family. As a mama I can only imagine how tough this is. I'll continue to share the story and request for love and support!! ❤


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