‘We got the call for the gift of life for Landyn’

Submitted photo Pictured are Lakeview sixth-grader Landyn Berends and his mother Jenni Berends. The 12-year-old received a new heart Wednesday.

WOOD LAKE — Landyn has a new heart and it’s beating.

Landyn Berends, 12, the son of Jenni and Dustin Berends of Wood Lake, received the heart he has been waiting for since being diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

On Wednesday, Jenni Berends wrote on Landyn’s caringbridge.org page: “Today at 7:04 this morning, we got the call for the gift of life for Landyn. We arrived at the University of Minnesota at noon.”

She wrote that surgery was set for 7 that night. “Please please pray for Landyn and the doctors and nurses that will be giving Landyn a second chance at life. My thoughts and prayers are with the donor and their family.”

For Landyn’s first 12 years of life he was a healthy boy. But on Nov. 15, Jenni received a call from his school that Landyn had collapsed while playing basketball. She was told Lakeview School staff had performed CPR on him, which probably saved his life.

That day, Cottonwood ambulance delivered Landyn to the Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center Emergency Room, then rushed by ambulance to Sanford Children’s in Sioux Falls, S.D., where he had an echocardiogram and was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. He then was flown to the University of Minnesota hospital in the Twin Cities.

A defibrillator was implanted in Landyn and he was placed on a heart transplant waiting list.

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a disease in which the heart muscle (myocardium) becomes abnormally thick (hypertrophied), according to mayoclinic.org . The thickened heart muscle can make it harder for the heart to pump blood. It is rare, but some people with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can have sudden cardiac arrest during vigorous physical activity.

A benefit for Landyn is at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at Lakeview School, 875 Barstad Road in Cottonwood. A silent auction will take place.