Logan Vandermeulen received his life-saving heart transplant at BC Children’s Hospital at the young age of 10 months old. Logan was the very first infant in British Columbia to be placed on a Berlin Heart while he waited for a heart transplant. Logan was diagnosed in utero with a life-threatening heart blockage and his family knew a transplant would be in his future. When Logan was one-day-old, he was outfitted with his first pacemaker, and at three-months-old, he was diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy and was listed for a heart transplant. The David Foster Foundation assisted the Vandermeulen family from Prince George with accommodation and transportation while mom Veronica and Logan waited in Vancouver at BC Children’s hospital for a heart to come available. With the help of the David Foster Foundation’s National Partner WestJet, it was possible to fly Logan’s dad, Jason, and their older son Elias to Vancouver to visit during their long transplant journey.
Currently, the David Foster Foundation has provided travel assistance to the family so they can attend Logan’s annual transplant follow-up appointments in Vancouver. Logan’s Mom says, “Logan will be five years post-transplant this year and we have had many ups and downs on this journey including going through rejection and challenges with getting Logan extra help at school, but we always seem to get through the challenges. He is an amazing heart transplant warrior that always has a smile no matter how he is feeling. Logan is doing well overall with a few medical challenges that require more frequent doctors’ visits and testing.”
Due to the generosity of another family’s loss, Logan received his life-saving heart transplant through the gift of life. Did you know that 90% of Canadians support organ donation, however, less than 25% are registered? Please take the time to learn more and register to become an organ donor today.