College Baseball Player Overcomes Six Heart Surgeries to Become Star on the Field
Despite six heart operations over the course of his childhood, a college Pennsylvania baseball player still dreams of making it pro.
Christian Pack might be beginning to make a name for himself on the field, but even that name tells of the hardships and near-death experiences he has overcome to get there.
“The doctor who performed the open-heart surgeries was Dr. Christian Gilbert throughout my childhood, and that’s actually who I’m named after. I’m Christian Gilbert Pack, so without him, I wouldn’t be doing this interview right now,” he told WNEP in the video, above.
“Being named after someone, who literally saved my life, that’s what drives me. I’m going to make the most out of my life before I go.”
The day after he was born, doctors told his parents that he had a heart murmor.
“Christian was turning blue that second day of life, so they life flighted him, took him down to Danville, and about a week later, they opened him up. They performed open-heart surgery by using a balloon,” John Pack told WNEP.
In total, he has had six operations, four of the them open heart surgery.
But for Pack, the baseball field has always been a place of solice.
“The baseball field is honestly the only place that I can go to and all of the problems I encounter every single day just go away for those two hours or however long I’m on a baseball field. A place I can go to get my mind off of things throughout the day.”