Recently, Rapids winger Michael Barrios was browsing his Instagram page and came across a post that he was tagged on. The message was about a young lady, Judge Aliva, whose regular medical examination revealed a heart murmur, but in fact, with the help and persistence of a pediatric cardiologist, it turned out that she had two holes. in the heart.
Justice had actually developed an atrial septal defect.
The diagnoses explained his feelings of malaise and physical fatigue. The enthusiastic and feisty defender couldn’t keep up with her teammates during football training. She sometimes felt tired, even defeated.
Daily activities were also compromised. They often resulted in headaches and dizziness and the need to sleep to recover from her teenage life.
After a botched surgery, Justice had to undergo risky eight-hour open-heart surgery. The invasive procedure was successful and soon after the youngster began two months of intense cardiac rehabilitation.
She nailed every goal she set and after six weeks she was cleared to be an active youngster at high altitude again.
Aliva proudly reported to Vague de Bourgogne that she even scored two goals in her debut game after coming off her youth team’s disabled list. She still trains with a Casa FC team, and therefore, with extra intensity to regain her “lungs, her general condition and her agility”.
Readers of the Vague de Bourgogne should understand that Justice is a big football fan. And his favorite club, 5280 Colorado Rapids.
While recovering in her intensive care suite, she wore a Rapids jersey every day in case a Rapids player came to pay her a cheerful recovery visit.
Aliva reported that she never fails to follow a Rapids game. She knows all the players and their current MLS stats, and yes, wa by heart.
Aliva’s setbacks and recovery efforts spoke to Barrios, the father of three young children. He tapped on the likes tab of the Instagram post, and something magical quickly followed. Perhaps it was the divine intervention of God.
To help catalyze her motivation to work hard and recover from her surgery at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, she simply wanted to be around her favorite Rapids players, especially the speedy Barrios, her number one. Alvia said: “Michael has always inspired me because he is so fast.”
The response ensued and would you believe that with the support of national NGO Dream On 3 Rocky Mountains, a stretch limo ferryed Justice, her mother and support siblings to the Rapids training ground. They all engaged with players, coaches and coaching staff. Then I watched the entire practice from the observation berm at Field 23.
Shortly after practice ended, the entire Aliva clan was escorted to the center circle of DICK’S Sporting Goods Park and sat on blankets under a burgundy pop-up tent.
Then came Barrios, as did Justice’s favorite brunch entrees – Steuben’s Uptown Fried Chicken and Maple Syrup Waffles. For the next hour, the family dined and chatted, much to the delight of a beaming judge.
For easy-going Barrios, this laid-back event was unique and very rewarding.
He commented: “While I was with Dallas FC I did hospital visits in Frisco, TX and nearby Dallas; however, I have never participated in such a one-on-one experience.
Before the Houston Dynamo game, the dynamic Altitude Sports broadcast team of Richard Fleming and Marcelo Balboa took the time to interview Justice before she trotted out for warm-ups and more time with her favorite teammates.
Not only did Barrios, Fleming and Balboa deliver, but Rapids executive vice president and general manager Pádraig Smith and senior vice president of business operations Wayne Brant did as well. Front office executives welcomed the family to their stadium suite to watch the game.
After the match, Barrios joined Lalas Abubakar for some final autographs, and Justice’s two-day Dream Day was over.
As an adult who also suffers from congenital heart defects, I offer you this sage advice: always listen to your body. I did not do it.
Heart disease and disorders often present as a mixture of symptoms. Don’t pass them by. Share any of these symptoms with your health care providers, and therefore immediately: shortness of breath during activity and even when lying down. Fatigue, discomfort and need to sleep just to recover from everyday life. Mood swings. Reduced ability to exercise. Dizziness or worse, fainting. Rapid and/or irregular heartbeat. Difficulty concentrating and decreased concentration and alertness. Chest pain.