Minden Press-Herald

Sep 17th

He’s All Heart


Three surgeries later, T.J. still going strong

It's the summer before his first grade year and Tyrone Smith, Jr is not letting a little thing like a hole in his heart slow him down.

He was born Feb. 9, 2006 with a hole in his heart. As a result, one of his heart valves will not remain open. The summer of 2009 doctors discovered that Tyrone was experiencing just 20 percent blood flow to one lung and 80 percent to the other.

Tyrone Smith Sr, said his son – nicknamed T.J. remains full of energy in spite of two heart surgeries and one lung surgery the little boy already has behind him.

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