FORT WAYNE, Ind. (FORT WAYNE’S NBC) – Britton Helmuth fell in love with baseball growing up, and at 10-years-old, he joined his first organized baseball league.
In April of 2018, his young baseball career was put on hold. Britton needed a rare heart procedure.
Britton was familiar with heart problems, he was born with a congenital heart defect, which meant he had holes in his heart. After his first open heart surgery at three months old, Britton was in good health until last year.
“We were like are we every going to have an healthy boy again? We honestly wondered that,” Britton’s Dad, Myron Helmuth said. “Is this time he’s not going to turn the corner? I mean he really got sick. It’s just like how much more can this boy take.”
Doctor John Brown at Riley Hospital for Children performed a rare valve replacement procedure. Because Dr. Brown did not need to use blood thinners, Britton could eventually get back on the ball field. And not only the mound at Harlan Park, but at Parkview Field. In May, he threw out the first pitch and talked to the players and coaches.