Ethan Hill is turning seven years old in about a week. Due to sickness and surgeries, he has never had an official birthday party, so this was going to be the year. But those plans will be put on hold again.
Ethan was born with just half a heart, but his mom says if there is a part missing, it's hard to tell.
"I have half a heart, but that doesn't stop me," Ethan said.
Never having had a birthday celebration with anyone other than immediate family, he was looking forward to his first ever birthday party with friends.
"I was 20 weeks pregnant, and the doctors said his chances for survival were not good, but I said, 'What the heck; let's give him a chance,' and three surgeries later, here he is about to celebrate his seventh birthday," said Amy Hill, Ethan's mom.
Due to social distancing and sheltering in place the birthday plans are canceled.
"Every single birthday he would say, 'When can I have my birthday?' He wanted to do it at the Hub Trampoline Park, but then this virus happened," Amy said.
But doing what moms do, she's improvising by throwing Ethan a community-wide virtual birthday party.
She is asking for birthday cards and letters, virtual messages and lots of love and well wishes.
Ethan is a huge super hero fan, especially Iron Man who he says has a special heart like him.
Not knowing what the future holds, Amy is determined to make this birthday special.
"He almost didn't make it after his last surgery, so the fact that he got to see his sixth and now it is going to be his seventh, that is so exciting."
He may be physically with half a heart, but Amy says Ethan is 100% full of love.
"He loves everybody; it doesn't matter who you are," May said. "He hugs everybody; they love him at school."
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