Community helps 2-year-old needing open heart surgery

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PLYMOUTH, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The community is coming together to help a two-year-old boy in need of open heart surgery.

Wayne Coyne III is a two-year-old boy who has spent his life in and out of hospitals.

“It was really hard because it was our first time being parents. Knowing that this is going to be his life…It hits you and it’s scary. Very,” Wayne’s mom, Brittany Miskewicz, said.

He lives with three specific heart conditions. His mom says the best way to describe it is to picture his heart with holes in it, sort of like swiss cheese.

His best chance is a surgery all the way in Boston. Doctors will attempt to patch the holes on February 5th. If this doesn’t work, he could need a heart transplant.

“I’m really hoping Boston is his last surgery so he doesn’t have to go through this anymore,” Wayne’s dad, Wayne Coyne II, said.

But, the trip was set to put their family in a tight spot financially.

“Financial wise, everything they had to support them right now, they were saving for this trip, and it broke my heart,” Samantha Coyne, Wayne’s grandmother, said.

So, they set up the donation page, expecting at max, $50. But, the generosity poured in and they’ve received over $3,000.

“I just started crying, I don’t know. We are so thankful for this. This is going to help us, I don’t think anybody really understands how much it is going to help us. Now we can actually be there, eat, take care of ourselves as we’re there with our son and it’s really really amazing. I can’t thank anybody enough,” Miskewicz said.

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