Special Report: Back on the Ball Field

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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.

“Me and my brother always played with our cousins and our family. It was just a sport we got a hold to and got to play it,” he said.

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.

“I’m happy for him and I know God obviously has a plan for his life because of all he’s brought him through,” Britton’s Mom, Laura Helmuth said.
Although Britton is back in the game, he remembers being in the hospital and the other children in similar cleats. He would tell the other kids some powerful and inspiring words.
“Never give up and God’s in control. Never think it’s not for anything, it’s always for anything, it’s always for a purpose. I just hope they get through whatever they are going through,” he said.
Megan Salle

Megan Salle

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