Amy was born on March 1st 1977 and was considered a miracle baby. Amy was diagnosed with a Ebstein’s anomaly. A rare heart defect that’s present at birth (congenital). In Ebstein’s anomaly, your tricuspid valve — the valve between the chambers on the right side of your heart — doesn’t work properly. Blood leaks back through the valve, making your heart work less efficiently.
At 12 years old Amy had her first open heart surgery to replace the tricuspid valve with a Procine (pig) valve. This first surgery was at the Mayo Clinic and she was a inpatient for over one month. At 21 years old Amy had her second open heart surgery to replace the worn out tricuspid pig valve, this surgery took place at Primary Children’s Hospital. In the Spring of 2012 Amy had her third open heart surgery to again replace the worn out pig valve and to add a pace maker. In addition to these surgery’s she has had four Cardiac Ablations – to correct heart rhythm problems (arrhythmia). Her condition has also lead to a enlarged heart – nearly 3 times the size of normal.
Each surgery provided Amy the minimum health to enjoy a high quality of life. She is a very strong spirited person and never dwelt on her illness. Whether she was gathering cows in the snow with her ranching family or running barrels at the rodeo she never let her disease slow her down. Many folks who have meet Amy would never even guess that she has a heart condition.
Amy’s heart is figuratively and literally Big. She loves animals and has a special place in her heart for all animals. She currently has seven dogs and four horses and each one is spoiled rotten. Her mom has always been a good sport when a new kitten or puppy seems to come home with Amy while her six siblings will sometime shake their heads but are always there to support her.
Living in Neola UT on part of the Moon Livestock ranch Amy is able to play with her dogs while watching her horses run thru the pasture. Her love for horses, speed and competition have lead her to become a staple at the barrel races and rodeos. She is happiest when she is driving with her husband, Josh, to the next rodeo.
Amy is a true success story for all the doctors, nurses and support staff that have worked with her over the years. Her grit, determination and love for life will be the catalyst that will propel her to be entered in rodeos sooner rather than later with a brand new healthy heart.