Lexington, Ky., is a city known for horse farms, thoroughbred racetracks, bourbon and fried chicken. But one thing you may not know is the city is home to a 6-year-old boy with a special story.
Finn Collier is a familiar name in the Lexington community. Known for his spunky personality and heartwarming smile, Finn suffers from multiple congenital heart disease. The youngest of six siblings, Finn, by the age of 4, had already undergone four open heart surgeries after being diagnosed with transposition of the great arteries, pulmonary stenosis, tricuspid valve regurgitation and a large ventricular septal defect. His first open heart surgery was at 5 days old.
Finn’s second and third surgeries happened at 5 months old, and after his third surgery he remained in the hospital for two months. He later developed multiple blood clots, a bacterial blood infection and chest tubes that would not stop draining. Finn went into congestive heart failure, but doctors were able to resuscitate him.
Today, Finn continues his fight with a smile. A large group of family and friends joined his fight by walking in the American Heart Association Heart Walk at Keeneland Racecourse, where Finn was honored as a survivor.
Finn’s dad, John, is an Area Director for Windstream, where he has worked for five years. Stories like Finn’s are the reason Windstream is committed to giving back to the communities where we live and work, and we are especially proud to support organizations like the American Heart Association of Lexington.
Finn’s story is about more than a little boy fighting for his life. It’s about hope, family, love and a dream that one day he will be pain-free.