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Rochester boy in need of a heart
Rochester, N.Y.Dominic Pasquantonio is a normal 12-year old. He loves video games, his siblings and all things football. The problem rests within his heart.
Born with a cognitive heart defect, his left ventricle is undeveloped. The defect leaves him extremely tired and weak.
He gets out of breath easy, said Megan Pasquantonio. He does have a bit more of a bluish color than pinkish.
His brother and two sisters must be careful not to pull on the intravenous cord linking his wrist to a medicine pack that he wears around his shoulder to manager his heart function.
Because hes always lived with his heart condition, he handles it pretty well, said his mother.
But time is becoming his second problem. Last week, the Pasquantonios drove to New York City with hopes of getting a new heart for Dominic, according to Megan Pasquantonio.
They were later told the donor heart was not going to work for their son. Hes stable and is not in dire need of a heart, but within the next year or two, his mother said he will need one.
We are not afraid that we are not going to get a heart in time, said Megan Pasquantonio.
But the sooner, the better for a child who simply wants to be a kid.
To actually run and tackle and all that, hes always wanted to do that, said Megan Pasquantonio. Once he gets his new heart, he can do that.