PALM COAST, Fla.
Teens-In-Flight's Cessna 172.
- Dec. 16, 2020
-- Teens-In-Flight is proud to be able to make 13-year-old Austin Booth's wish of taking a flight in an airplane come true. The flight will take place this Saturday, December 19th
at 11:00 a.m. There will be a police escort for the family to the airport as part of the flight.
Rex Tipton, Chief Flight Instructor at CNHI Flight Department in Montgomery, Alabama helped coordinate fulfilling Austin's wish to take a flight. "Austin was given a life span of eight to nine years, and he is 13 now," said Mr. Tipton. "We are pleased to be able to make Austin's dream of flying a reality," said Ric Lehman, Executive Director of Teens-In-Flight.
Austin was born with multiple illnesses and has spent much of his 13 years enduring many hospital stays, many medical procedures, and many doctor appointments. He was diagnosed with complex congenital heart disease at birth, Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) four conditions such as ventricular septal defect (VSD), overriding aorta, pulmonary stenosis, right ventricular hypertrophy, and cyanosis. Hetertaxi (2 right lungs and all of his organs are flipped), asplenia, intestinal malrotation, stomach is below the liver instead of being above the left kidney, runs very low oxygen levels 42 to 78%, after a MRA/MRI of his brain the doctors discovered he has only one main blood vessel instead of two supplying the proper amount of blood and oxygen to his brain, and unfortunately he has many others. Austin has a very rare heart deformity where he has a 1-ventricle heart, in fact he is the only one documented in the world. UF Health Shands Children's Hospital has become a home away from home at various times for Austin and his family. Austin has endured many medical procedures through his life such as two open-heart surgeries. He needs to have his third, but unfortunately he is not able to have it at this current time because the doctors feel that he would not be able to make it through the surgery. He's had 11 heart caths, which include nine coils and stents that were placed in November, 2011 to keep his oxygen levels up and his pulmonary arteries open, his third surgery at five months old he had his bowels untwisted that were twisted around his Aorta, a reverse Nissen procedure (his stomach placed over his esophagus), appendix removal, Austin, like other children with illnesses, has endured so much through their life and want nothing more than to run and play like the other children around them.