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Hudson was born on August 24th, 2013 with a heart condition called Tricuspid Atresia, which is when one of the valves between two of the heart's chambers isn't formed. Instead, there's solid tissue between the chambers. Hudson underwent his first open-heart surgery at three weeks old. They went in and put a small Gore-Tex tubing on Hudson's heart so he would get more oxygenated blood to his lungs. After that surgery they had to go in through his groin, up into his heart to do a procedure called a balloon septostomy, which opened up the hole in his heart to make it wider so more blood flow could get through. The shunt lasted until Hudson was around 6 1/2 months old then his heart began to fail again. The next surgery was called the bidirectional Glenn. They once again opened Hudson up and went in and took out the Gore-Tex tubing. This procedure involves rerouting circulation so that the superior vena cava (SVC) drains into the right pulmonary artery. Hudson did great during the surgery, and he is awaiting his last surgery called the Fontan. That is the biggest of the three surgeries he will have. It requires him to be a little bigger and there also needs to be signs of his heart failing again. The ultimate goal of this whole process is to separate Hudson’s red blood and his blue blood, because it mixes where it's not supposed to. Until then, he takes medicine every day and has cardiologist appointments every 6 months. He is now living life as normally as he can.