KSL GIVE-A-THON

Young boy battles severe heart defect, endures multiple heart surgeries

Dec 2, 2021, 10:16 PM

SALT LAKE CITY — That first cry. That first embrace. And then the heart-breaking moment when Jenna had to hand her newborn baby over to the medical team who would save him.

Before Talmage was born, Jenna and Rob knew they would need to rely on science, surgery and their faith to get them through what was to come.

“They told us that he had a severe heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome, which means, virtually, he only has half of a heart,” Jenna said. “And it was significant and hard news to get about our little baby on the way.”

That was at Jenna’s 20-week ultrasound appointment.

“We were presented, you know, a couple different options on how to proceed with Talmage — one of them being not to proceed with the surgeries, and, you know, letting nature take its course,” Jenna said.

“This isn’t like a few hours or a couple of days,” Talmage’s father Rob said. “And that first heart surgery happens right away. It happened for Talmage on day three.”

“These little babies are just tiny, and so they’re in there doing this complex, intense surgery on just a brand new little baby, tiny little heart,” he said.

“I just trusted the surgeon and those doctors, and I knew that Talmage was in the best hands at Primary Children’s Hospital,” Jenna said. “They can be hooked up to a million machines and lots of stuff going on, but all we saw was our just sweet, newborn little boy.”

Since that first surgery, Talmage has had two more complex, open-heart surgeries.

He will eventually need a heart transplant.

“There’s always kind of something going on, and we just kind of take it one step at a time with him,” Jenna said.

“We’re so grateful for Primary Children’s. The sacrifice they make to help those kids day in and day out,” Rob said. “You put your kid’s life in their hands and they show up and they give it their all.”

These past few years have taught this family how precious life is.

Today, they choose to live with love, joy and happiness.

“I think one of the biggest blessings Talmage’s life has given me, and probably us, is to stay in the moment and really relish in them and enjoy them, and not worry about what’s happened before, and don’t look too far ahead and try just live life with him,” Jenna said. “And he lives life to the fullest. He’s such a sweet, happy little boy.”

Nearly everyone in our community has been touched by the work done at Primary Children’s Hospital.

We hope you will be generous and donate to the Give-A-Thon.

You can do so by going to KSLKids.com.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

KSL Give-A-Thon

...
Ashley Moser, KSL TV

Early diagnosis of rare heart condition helps Amaya on her road to recovery

Amaya was born with a rare heart condition, which, fortunately, was found before she was born.
7 months ago
...
Angie Dennison and Eliza Pace, KSL TV

Primary Children’s gives Cammdon a new chance at life

Cammdon suffered debilitating seizures...then a groundbreaking brain surgery changed his life.
7 months ago
(Courtesy: Nijst Family)...
Angie Denison and Eliza Pace, KSL TV

Preston uses his voice to stay positive while battling rare cancer

Preston Christian remains positive in his final battle with cancer, encourages others to make the most of their time.
7 months ago
The dance and music therapy program at Primary Children's Hospital is a huge help for children like...
KSL TV Staff

Young Sophia benefits from Primary Children’s Hospital dance, music therapy program

It's been proven, kids are empowered through Music and Art Therapies to manage pain, express emotion, and keep a positive attitude during a hospital stay. As part of KSL’s Primary Children's Give-A-Thon campaign, we met a patient named Sophia who has benefited from both Dance and Music Therapy at the hospital.
7 months ago
(KSL TV)...
Eliza Pace

Girl with leukemia uses music and arts program to help her fight

Primary Children's hospital offers a music and arts program for kids to help them get through their toughest battles during hospital stays.
8 months ago
(Courtesy Morgan family)...
Christie Taylor

‘They made me stay alive’: young girl grateful for Primary Children’s care

SALT LAKE CITY – Harper Morgan was at a family holiday party when her grandmother and aunt asked Harper’s mom, Cora Morgan, if Harper Morgan was okay because she looked pale. Cora Morgan said she couldn’t shake the feeling and called the doctor from the party. “He asked if we wanted to do a blood […]
8 months ago

Sponsored Articles

hand holding 3d rendering mobile connect with security camera for security solutions...
Les Olson

Wondering what security solutions are right for you? Find out more about how to protect your surroundings

Physical security helps everyone. Keep your employees, clients, and customers safe with security solutions that protect your workplace.
Many rattan pendant lights, hay hang from the ceiling.Traditional and simple lighting....
Lighting Design

The Best Ways to Style Rattan Pendant Lighting in Your Home

Rattan pendant lights create a rustic and breezy feel, and are an easy way to incorporate this hot trend into your home decor.
Earth day 2022...
1-800-GOT-JUNK?

How Are You Celebrating Earth Day 2022? | 4 Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day and Protect the Environment

Earth Day is a great time to reflect on how we can be more environmentally conscious. Here are some tips for celebrating Earth Day.
Get Money Online...

More Ways to Get Money Online Right Now in Your Spare Time

Here are 4 easy ways that you can get more money online if you have some free time and want to make a little extra on the side.
Lighting trends 2022...

Lighting Trends 2022 | 5 Beautiful Home Lighting Trends You Can Expect to See this Year and Beyond

This is where you can see the latest lighting trends for 2022 straight from the Lightovation Show at the Dallas World Trade Center.
What Can't You Throw Away in the Trash...

What Can’t You Throw Away in the Trash? | 5 Things You Shouldn’t Throw in to Your Trash Can

What can't you throw away in the trash? Believe it or not, there are actually many items that shouldn't be thrown straight into the trash.
Young boy battles severe heart defect, endures multiple heart surgeries