Paramedic with rare heart condition suffers complications after open heart surgery

Maryland

Brandon Bolyard is a paramedic and firefighter here in Washington County. He was born with a very rare heart defect which has changed his life drastically in the past few weeks.

Bolyard has Tetralogy of Fallot, which there are fewer than 20,000 cases of a year. 

This rare heart condition resulted in open heart surgery as a baby, and just last month, he had to have open heart surgery again.

Just over 200 procedures like this have ever been performed.

After the surgery, Bolyard had a heart attack and is still dealing with heart complications. 

Brandon Bolyard said, “It’s been difficult. Coming through the procedure I was supposed to be in and out, fixed and back to normal. Unforeseen circumstances, I ended up having a massive heart attack coming out of my surgery and we weren’t expecting that. That threw the wrench in the socket.”

These complications put Brandon out of work for at least 6 months, which was unexpected and financially hit their family very hard

Brandon’s paramedic team has been supportive with fundraisers in the community to help their family through this tough time. 

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