Vincent's Big Heart
Organized by: Gianna Del Monte
Vincent Del Monte, 26, was born with a congenital heart defect known as Tetralogy of Fallot. As a newborn baby, he had open-heart surgery in which doctors patched a hole in his enlarged heart which would act a temporary solution for this defect. Tetralogy (teh-TRAL-o-je) of Fallot (fah-LO) is a congenital heart defect. This is a problem with the heart's structure that's present at birth. Congenital heart defects change the normal flow of blood through the heart. Tetralogy of Fallot is a rare, complex heart defect. It occurs in about 5 out of every 10,000 babies. The defect affects boys and girls equally. As a child and teen, Vincent was limited on the sports he could play and things he would do as to not cause any damage to his already weakened cardiovascular system. Doctors informed his mother at birth he would require a full heart transplant around age 25, and that time has come. This surgery is only partially covered by Vincent’s insurance, and he is asking for your help to get a new heart. Without this, he could suffer immense complications and heart disease at a very young age. Vincent not only has a large heart literally, but also metaphorically. He is part of the Big Brother program in Philadelphia and mentors young males on how to overcome obstacles to become successful. Help Vincent continue on his journey to improving not only his life, but to those around him!