During a 21 week ultrasound, we were told that our unborn son would be born with a rare heart defect known as Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). We were given 3 options: terminate the pregnancy, compassionate care only or a series of three surgeries in an attempt to save his life.
We welcomed Wyatt Nicholas Adkins on December 10, 2007 and fell absolutely in love with him. Our hearts were changed as we grew closer to God as He led us on this journey of faith. Throughout his life, Wyatt underwent numerous hospitalizations, procedures, and two open heart surgeries. We marveled that a small child with half a heart could teach others the full depth of their own hearts.
Spending days in a hospital with a sick child quickly changes your perspective and forces you to focus on what is really important in life. We met many amazing people along the way and shared in the pain of families who were caring for their sick children on a daily basis. On June 15, 2008 our little Warrior entered the kingdom of Heaven to rest eternally with Christ due to cardiac arrest post a major open heart reconstructive surgery.
The six months that we were able to spend with him has impacted our lives tremendously and it is our hope to allow his spirit to live on by giving to others in his honor.
Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) is a serious problem that involves several parts of the left side of the heart. In this condition, for unknown reasons, while in the mother’s womb, the left side of the heart does not develop properly and cannot pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. It is quite rare and occurs in about 1 out of every five thousand babies born.
The purpose of the Wyatt Adkins Heart Organization is to serve the community by providing a multidimensional park facility to meet the needs of all ages, but with an emphasis on youth. The construction and development of a 14.3 acre facility will feature ball diamonds, volleyball courts, an inclusive playground, basketball courts, a walking path, a multi-purpose equipment building with restroom facilities, parking lots, picnic shelter, 24 hour library, and an all purpose field. Due to years of successful fundraising, WAHO has already secured ownership of a site in eastern Licking County. The site in Hanover area will have numerous landscaped green spaces to preserve the park atmosphere and allow users to embrace the great outdoors. If grant funds are received, we will begin the development of this community park facility. Our construction team will make decisions about the installation of features based on naming rights and the immediate benefits for the public. We look forward to providing a public park that will meet the mental and physical needs of the community; thus building a stronger community. Wyatt Adkins Heart Organization embraces the idea that children are the future of communities and they deserve our intentional focus. Our mission statement is: “Doing our part, many hands one heart.”
As of November 2019 we are currently in the final phases of park construction. Many of the facilities are already being enjoyed by the community including the playground, 2 full basketball courts, walking paths, football/all-sports field, and 24-hour electronic library. We anticipate the baseball/softball fields and sand volleyball courts to be ready for use in early 2020. We are grateful to so many who have put in countless hours and donated funds to make this happen.