Like many 10-year-olds, Hudson Lewis loves to play video games, listen to music, swim and hang out with friends and family.
But unlike most kids his age, Hudson’s childhood has been filled with challenges no child should have to experience.
Hudson was born with a rare form of muscular dystrophy known to affect heart function but didn’t experience any cardiac affects until he was 9 years old.
Hudson’s mom, KaLinda Lewis, said the symptoms started suddenly — first affecting Hudson’s ability to walk and later causing severe stomach pain, dizzy spells, vomiting and even hallucinations.
“We noticed his body was getting weaker,” she recalled. “He would take a couple steps and his legs would give out on him.”
KaLinda took Hudson to Seattle Children’s Emergency Department where doctors determined that Hudson was in heart failure.
“When they said those two words, heart failure, it just blew us away,” KaLinda said.