Today: Kathie Lee & Hoda Kids Heart Disease
According to the Children’s Heart Foundation, one out of every 100 children born as some sort of congenital heart defect. Half of those will need surgery or some sort of procedure. Kathie Lee and Hoda welcomed news anchor Bret Baier and his family to share their story. He is now the author of the book Special Heart: A Journey of Faith, Hope, Courage and Love.
Today Show: Bret Baier Son’s Heart Disease
Bret Baier shared the story of how they found out their son struggled with heart disease.
He said that just hours after his first son was born, the nurse noticed that his color was off and his heart was beating fast. His heart was extremely complex, blood was flowing the wrong way, and there were two holes in his tiny heart. He also had three other congenital defects. He had to have surgery or he wasn’t going to make it.
The good news is that six years and two more heart surgeries later, their son is now living a great, healthy life, and even ran in a 5K for the hospital that saved his life.
Today: Bret Baier Dealing with Heart Disease
Bret and his wife shared that they made the conscious decision that they were going to stay positive and surround their son with love and be the parents he needed them to be.
He said he thought his book could help other people. He wanted to be an inspiration or at least spread awareness of the issue.
As for how to get through dealing with heart disease with your children, he suggested three things. He said to first accept the help you get from family, friends, or anyone else. Second, make sure you’re being healthy yourself. And finally, think about the other end of the story and see that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Today Show: O.A.R “Peace” Performance
As part of the Toyota Summer Concert Series, O.A.R. (Of A Revolution) performed during Kathie Lee and Hoda.
They have been selling out arenas all over the world for two decades now, but their journey started in a garage in Rockville, Maryland. Their latest album called The Rockville LP is out in June 2014.
They also will soon be hitting the road with Phillip Phillips and part of the proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity. Mark, Jerry, Richard, Ben, Chris, and Mike of O.A.R performed their song “Peace” with the help of the Mt. Carmel Holy Rosary Gospel Choir.