Fall Creek Elementary School student to be honored as a Riley Champion in special ceremony

Looking at 9-year-old Ethan McKinney now, one might never know what his heart has gone through to make him the kid he is today. The third-grader from Fishers, Ind. was born with a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), an opening between two major blood vessels leading from the heart, causing blood that’s not oxygenated to flow in the wrong direction. Ethan was closely monitored and at age 5, when the murmur had still not closed, he was referred to Riley Hospital for Children. At age 7, doctors performed a cardiac catheterization to seal the opening in his heart. Today, Ethan is healthy and continues follow-up appointments at Riley.

On Tuesday, October 20, 2015 Ethan will be honored as a 2016 Riley Champion in a special ceremony at Fall Creek Elementary School. Riley Champions presented by Kroger is a program that was created to recognize and honor remarkable Riley patients across the state that have distinguished themselves by overcoming medical obstacles, and often times beating impossible odds. Ethan is one of eight 2016 Riley Champions that have been selected throughout the state.

WHAT: Riley Champion School Celebration
WHO:  Ethan McKinney, 2016 Riley Champion
WHERE: Fall Creek Elementary School (12131 Olio Rd, Fishers, IN 46037)
WHEN: October 20, 2015, 2:30 p.m.

About Riley Children’s Foundation
Riley Children’s Foundation supports Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, Camp Riley and the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home. As Indiana’s only comprehensive hospital dedicated exclusively to the care of children, Riley Hospital has provided compassionate care, support and comfort to children and their families since 1924. Each year children from all 92 Indiana counties turn to Riley Hospital and its regional clinics throughout the state more than 300,000 times. Riley Hospital’s partnership with Indiana University Health and its strong affiliation with the Indiana University School of Medicine make Riley Hospital the leader in pediatric care in the state and the region. For more information, visit RileyKids.org.

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