February is heart awareness month, and one Ohio Valley boy is beating all the odds after he was born with a bicuspid aortic valve.
Ty Lallone is getting to play his favorite sport, ice hockey.
Ty’s dad Jonathan said it was once hard for Ty to go from one end of the rink to the other, but on Saturday he played game after game without stopping.
It was easy to see the pride in Johnathan’s eyes as he was lacing up his son Ty’s hockey skates.
“As soon as they told him that he could play sports he said I want to play hockey,” Father Johnathan Lallone said.
At just 7-years-old, Ty has braved several major heart surgeries, including a Ross procedure last April.
When he finally got the OK to play sports, he followed the family tradition.
“I would say more his sister, his sister plays goalie down here she’s been playing goalie for 5 years now,” Lallone said.
Dad plays too and said he hopes one day Ty is a goalie just like him.
So far his journey hasn’t been without some setbacks.
“He did the start of the season, and then in December there was some complications with his scar it opened up with a hole in it and it was leaking some protein out of it so he had to take from December to last week off,” Lallone said.
But Ty is determined, and like a true hockey player, every time he falls he gets right back up.”It’s amazing, it’s something we’ve been told all of our lives, all of his life, that we’ll never see this we’ll never do this, but after his surgery they told him go have fun, play the game.”
After his first scrimmage Ty was thrilled, and so was his family getting to see their little champion win on and off the ice.
“I scored like 3 goals,” Ty Lallone said.” I love playing hockey.”
His hockey jersey is going to be auctioned off at the American Heart Association Heart Ball on February 27th.