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March Â 13, Â 2013
A new heart,
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a new beginning
Autumn Â Markos Â was Â born Â with Â two Â heart Â defects Â and Â has Â undergone Â seven Â surgeries, Â LQFOXGLQJKHDUWWUDQVSODQWLQÂżYHPRQWKV 7KH0DUNRVIDPLO\ZDVÂżQDOO\DEOHWRWDNH KHUKRPHÂżYHZHHNVDIWHUKHUVXFFHVVIXO heart Â transplant Â on Â Feb. Â 3.
Autumnâ€™s Army â€œOnce Â a Â Warhawk, Â always Â a Â Warhawk.â€? Â This Â is Â the Â philosophy Â head Â coach Â Bren-Â da Â Volk Â said Â the Â UW-ÂWhitewater Â softball Â program Â stands Â by. Itâ€™s Â what Â made Â Volk Â reach Â out Â to Â Lind-Â VD\ 0DUNRV D IRUPHU RXWÂżHOGHU IRU WKH Warhawks Â softball Â team, Â after Â hearing Â about Â her Â daughter Â Autumnâ€™s Â heart Â com-Â plications. The Â softball Â team Â will Â be Â holding Â mul-Â tiple Â fundraisers Â for Â the Â Markos Â family Â to Â help Â with Â medical Â expenses. Â Today, Â the Â team Â will Â be Â holding Â a Â fundraiser Â at Â Jes-Â sicaâ€™s Â Family Â Restaurant Â in Â Whitewater.
By Andrea Behling Editor Â In Â Chief
UW-ÂWhitewater Â alumna Â Lindsay Â Markos Â would Â go Â to Â church Â every Â Sunday Â with Â a Â beeper Â in Â her Â lap, Â praying Â it Â would Â go Â off. Markos Â knew Â that Â when Â it Â did, Â it Â meant Â the Â Herma Â Heart Â Center Â of Â Childrenâ€™s Â Hospital Â in Â Wisconsin Â had Â found Â a Â compatible Â heart Â for Â her Â four-Âmonth-Âold Â daugh-Â ter, Â Autumn, Â who Â had Â two Â congenital Â heart Â de-Â fects. Lindsay Â said Â it Â would Â be Â very Â meaningful Â for Â the Â beeper Â to Â go Â off Â on Â a Â Sunday. â€œSo Â many Â important Â things Â have Â happened Â in Â our Â lives Â on Â a Â Sunday,â€? Â Lindsay Â said. It Â was Â on Â a Â Sunday Â when Â Markos Â and Â her Â hus-Â EDQG$ODQKDGWKHLUÂżUVWFKLOG$OH[LV,WZDVDOVR on Â a Â Sunday Â when Â their Â second Â child, Â Aiden, Â was Â born. And Â when Â the Â beeper Â went Â off Â at Â 11:42 Â a.m. Â on Â Feb. Â 3, Â 2013, Â marking Â a Â new Â beginning Â for Â Au-Â tumn, Â it Â was Â a Â Sunday. â€œWe Â just Â knew Â that Â everything Â was Â going Â to Â be Â OK,â€? Â Lindsay Â said.
Autumnâ€™s Â Army Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â softball Â fundraiser
Jessicaâ€™s Â Family Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Restaurant Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 140 Â W. Â Main Â St.
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10 Â percent Â of Â all Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â sales Â will Â be Â donated Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â to Â the Â family The Â team Â will Â also Â be Â selling Â T-Âshirts Â DVVHHQEHORZ DQGEUDFHOHWVWREHQHÂżW the Â Markos Â family. Â Contact Â Brenda Â Volk Â at Â Volkb@uww.edu Â to Â order Â a Â T-Âshirt Â or Â bracelet.
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Heart 7KHÂżJKW Lindsay Â and Â Alan Â found Â out Â 26 Â weeks Â into Â their Â pregnancy Â that Â Au-Â tumnâ€™s Â heart Â wasnâ€™t Â developing Â cor-Â rectly, Â and Â she Â might Â not Â even Â make Â it Â to Â delivery. â€œThat Â was Â probably Â the Â most Â overwhelming Â news, Â just Â hearing Â thereâ€™s Â a Â 40 Â percent Â chance Â she Â wasnâ€™t Â going Â to Â make Â it Â to Â deliv-Â ery,â€? Â Lindsay Â said. Doctors Â said Â Autumnâ€™s Â initial Â abnormality Â was Â Epsteinâ€™s Â Anom-Â ally Â and Â Pulmonary Â Atresia, Â which Â Stuart Â Berger, Â medical Â director Â at Â the Â Childrenâ€™s Â Hospital Â told Â WISN Â Channel Â 12 Â is Â basically Â a Â problem Â with Â the Â right Â side Â of Â the Â heart. Despite Â the Â odds, Â Autumn Â was Â ERUQDWZHHNVRQ2FW+HUÂżUVW surgery Â was Â just Â eight Â days Â later. Â The Â months Â that Â followed Â would Â be Â ÂżOOHGZLWKORQJGD\VWHDUIXOQLJKWV and Â many Â uncertainties Â at Â the Â Chil-Â drenâ€™s Â Hospital Â for Â the Â Markos Â fam-Â ily. â€œWe Â just Â tried Â to Â stay Â as Â positive Â as Â we Â could Â and Â take Â everything Â day Â by Â day,â€? Â Lindsay Â said. Â Lindsay Â and Â Alan Â wouldnâ€™t Â be Â able Â to Â hold Â their Â newborn Â child Â for Â days Â at Â a Â time, Â partly Â because Â her Â chest Â had Â to Â be Â left Â open Â due Â to Â swelling. Â A Â clotting Â disorder Â was Â one Â complication Â that Â made Â many Â of Â Autumnâ€™s Â initial Â surgeries Â unsuc-Â cessful. Â After Â it Â was Â decided Â she Â would Â need Â a Â new Â heart, Â Autumn Â was Â moved Â to Â the Â top Â of Â the Â heart Â trans-Â plant Â list. For Â two Â days Â short Â of Â three Â months, Â Lindsay Â and Â Alan Â carried Â
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Continued Â from Â page Â 1 around Â a Â beeper Â wherever Â they Â ZHQW ZDLWLQJ WR EH QRWLÂżHG RI D compatible Â heart. Â When Â the Â beeper Â went Â off, Â the Â family Â hoped Â this Â sev-Â enth Â procedure Â would Â be Â Autumnâ€™s Â ODVW EHIRUH WKH\ FRXOG ÂżQDOO\ WDNH her Â home. $QHZKHDUW Autumnâ€™s Â transplant Â took Â eight Â hours Â and Â went Â very Â smoothly Â Lindsay Â said. Â The Â Markos Â family Â was Â able Â to Â take Â Autumn Â home Â for Â WKH ÂżUVW WLPH ÂżYH ZHHNV DIWHU KHU transplant. â€œBeing Â able Â to Â wake Â up Â in Â the Â morning Â to Â all Â three Â of Â [our Â kids] Â is Â a Â blessing,â€? Â Lindsay Â said. At Â home, Â Autumn Â Â is Â doing Â well, Â Lindsay Â said. Â Born Â at Â 5 Â pounds, Â 7 Â and Â a Â half Â ounces, Â Autumn Â is Â now Â SRXQGVDWÂżYHPRQWKV â€œThe Â transplant Â team Â kept Â tell-Â ing Â us, Â â€˜Sheâ€™s Â a Â normal Â baby Â now, Â you Â need Â to Â treat Â her Â like Â a Â normal Â baby,â€™â€? Â Lindsay Â said. Normality Â is Â close Â for Â Autumn, Â who Â is Â currently Â on Â 16 Â medications Â so Â she Â does Â not Â reject Â her Â new Â heart. Â Lindsay Â said Â that Â after Â a Â year, Â the Â goal Â is Â for Â Autumn Â to Â only Â be Â on Â three Â of Â four Â medications. Looking Â back Â at Â Autumnâ€™s Â struggle, Â Lindsay Â said Â she Â is Â grate-Â ful Â for Â the Â the Â advancements Â made Â LQ WKH PHGLFDO ÂżHOG WKDW KHOSHG save Â her Â daughterâ€™s Â life. Â Lindsay Â was Â told Â that Â 20 Â years Â ago, Â Autumn Â probably Â wouldnâ€™t Â have Â made Â it Â with Â her Â heart Â defects. â€œWe Â always Â knew Â how Â lucky Â we Â were,â€? Â Lindsay Â said. Â â€œIt Â just Â shows Â how Â severe Â her Â condition Â
was.â€? There Â have Â only Â been Â eight Â cas-Â es Â similar Â to Â Autumnâ€™s Â in Â the Â Type Â D Â category. Â Autumnâ€™s Â old Â heart Â was Â taken Â to Â a Â medical Â college Â to Â further Â research Â her Â condition. â€œItâ€™s Â good Â to Â know Â that Â we Â were Â kind Â of Â able Â to Â help Â with Â that,â€? Â Lindsay Â said. Warhawk Â family After Â learning Â of Â the Â Markos Â familyâ€™s Â situation, Â UW-ÂWhitewater Â softball Â head Â coach Â Brenda Â Volk Â said Â she Â knew Â she Â had Â to Â reach Â out. Â Volk Â said Â she Â considers Â Lindsay, Â ZKRZDVDQRXWÂżHOGHURQWKHVRIW ball Â team Â from Â 2005 Â to Â 2006, Â a Â life-Â time Â Warhawk. â€œOnce Â a Â Warhawk, Â always Â a Â warhawk,â€? Â Volk Â said. Â â€œShe Â was Â an Â important Â part Â of Â this Â team Â and Â I Â wanted Â her Â to Â feel Â that Â support Â of Â the Â family Â that Â we Â try Â to Â create Â here Â at Â UW-ÂWhitewater.â€? The Â team Â is Â currently Â fundrais-Â Photo Submitted ing Â for Â the Â family Â by Â holding Â a Â ben-Â HÂżWDWDORFDOUHVWDXUDQWDQGVHOOLQJ The Markos family, from left to right, Alexis, 4, Autumn, 5 months, Alan, Lindsay T-Âshirts Â and Â bracelets. Â Senior Â Sarah Â and Aiden, 2, pose for a family Christmas picture at the Childrenâ€™s Hospital. Fisher, Â who Â is Â currently Â on Â the Â softball Â team Â and Â is Â also Â Lindsayâ€™s Â cousin, Â said Â the Â efforts Â the Â team Â has Â made Â to Â help Â a Â member Â of Â her Â fam-Â ily Â is Â heart-Âwarming. Lindsay Â said Â she Â canâ€™t Â explain Â how Â thankful Â the Â family Â is Â for Â the Â support. â€œJust Â knowing Â that Â we Â have Â the Â support Â of Â Whitewater, Â it Â really Â means Â a Â lot,â€? Â Lindsay Â said. Â â€œWe Â are Â very, Â very Â grateful.â€? BehlingAM28@uww.edu
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Lindsay Markoâ€™s cousin, Sarah Fisher, holds Autumn in the hospital. Fisher is a senior at UW-Whitewater and also a member of the Warhawks softball team. She currently is helping fundraise for the family.
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