By Steve Nash
Kia Spruill, 19, plays some one-on-one basketball with her younger brother Cody Garms in the East Elementary School gym Wednesday morning.
Cody Garms stands with his sister, Kia Spruill, his mother, Kim Spruill and physical education teacher Kim Harvey in the East Elementary School gym Wednesday morning.
Cody was born to Spruill and Walter Garms at Brownwood Regional Medical Center with no apparent issue.But when Cody was 11 days old, he had a high heart rate and was flown by air ambulance to Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth.
Cody was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, a condition where one of the heart's two ventricles fails to develop during the pregnancy. Doctors said he'd need open-heart surgeries to repair his heart so it will pump his blood through his body.