Dec. 23, 2011
At A Glance
North Liberty boy is Honorary Kid Captain for Insight Bowl Dec. 30
Beckham was born with a heart murmur and had difficulty breathing. He was diagnosed with mitral valve and tricuspid valve stenosis, and his heart was unable to infuse his blood with oxygen. When he was 5 days old Beckham was flown by helicopter to University of Iowa Children's Hospital and was immediately placed on a heart transplant list.
Beckham received his heart transplant 10 days later and returned home a month after the surgery. He had an unexplained stroke at 14 months following a series of illnesses, and at 19 months he developed Evans Syndrome, an autoimmune blood disorder.
Beckham's health scares have eased and he now has few hospital visits.
More information and a video about Beckham are available at http://www.uihealthcare.org/kidcaptain.
In its third year, the Kid Captain program is a partnership between UI Children's Hospital and the Iowa Hawkeyes to honor UI Children's Hospital patients and celebrate their stories.
All Kid Captains, including honorary away game captains, will have their individual stories told throughout the football season and will receive a commemorative jersey.
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