10-year-old Ohio State fan asks doctors not to make him a Michigan fan

After receiving care at Mott’s Congenital Heart Center, Buckeye fan Ivan Applin, 10, may have just a little room for Michigan in his heart. Photo from UofMHealth.org

TOLEDO (WCMH) — While prepping for a medical procedure to fix holes in his heart, one young Buckeye fan had one question for doctors at University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

“He asked if the Michigan doctors were going to make his heart love University of Michigan instead of Ohio State,” said Jennifer Applin, mother of 10-year-old Ivan.

UofMHealthBlogs.org said the Toledo fourth grader asked the question while he was looking at the newly-FDA-approved wire-framed device that would repair a heart defect. Doctors said Ivan Applin’s condition led to an increase of blood flowing to his lungs and enlarging his heart. Family doctors in Toledo hoped the problems would subside as he grew older, but the family opted for the operation as the health risks increased.

Doctors said Ivan was walking and eating later the same day and able to return home the following morning.

“He keeps asking me to take out the calendar and show him the exact day his recovery period is officially over so he can stop resting,” Jennifer Applin said. “He wants to make sure it’s in time for his first soccer practice.”

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