Having a heart for Bennett

Leslie D. Rose @Editor_Citizen

A live and silent auction fundraising event will be held on June 18 to benefit the yet-born Bennett Babin, whose mother, Alli Babin, received notice during her 20 week sonogram that he will be born with the congenital heart defect - Tetralogy of Fallot.

Tetralogy of Fallot is a heart defect where there is a hole between the lower chambers of the heart and an obstruction from the heart to the lungs. The aorta lies over the hole in the lower chambers and the muscle surrounding the lower right chamber becomes overly thickened.

Correcting the defect may require two types of surgery over one's lifespan - shunt or complete repair surgery.One provides temporary improvement by a shunt to give more blood flow to the lungs. The other is a complete repair of the two most important abnormalities that make up tetralogy of Fallot.

The Babin family intends to have the surgery and recovery take place at Boston Children’s Hospital. The trip and procedure will cost thousands of dollars, so they are asking for community support.

"Everybody in the community has been super supportive already," said Bennett's aunt, Megan Babin. "Tons of people have given us donations for the auction and we're super thankful for that."

Bennett will be born into the well-known, athletic Babin family that includes dad -

former St. Amant and Southeastern University quarterback - Brian Babin; grandfather - long-time Galvez Middle School coach, Benny Babin; and former St. Amant football player and current coach - Seth Babin.

The fundraiser, which will be held at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, will feature food, games, an obstacle course, petting zoo, washer board tournament, car show, live music and a jambalaya mini pot cook-off.

Donations can be made payable to Healing Bennett’s Heart at Iberville Bank or mailed to P.O. Box 251, Brittany, LA 70718. Contact healingbennettsheart@gmail.comor visit facebook.com/healingbennettsheart for more information.

Alli Babin is 34 weeks pregnant; the family plans to travel with Bennett to Boston Children’s Hospital when he is about four months old for the surgery.