Georgia boy raises money for surgery

HAHIRA, GA - By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

HAHIRA, GA (WALB) –  Nine-year-old Malkolm Poyer will undergo open heart surgery next week.  And he's come up with a unique way to help pay the medical bills.

Little Malkolm Poyer is selling copies of a story he wrote on EBay. It's a Buy It Now item, and more than 200 of them have sold so far.

He just found out Friday he will have to have open heart surgery March 24. His heart condition he's been taking medication for has gotten worse.

"If he does anything he could have a heart attack and they said it can't wait," said his mother, Jennifer Poyer. He was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or 'Sudden Death Disease' at birth.

"The septum is thicker than it should be, and it takes up space the blood needs," said Ms. Poyer.

Stress tests for normal people is zero. "He just had a stress test that was 183. They usually do surgery between 10 and 90 so that's pretty significant," said Ms. Poyer.

You may recognize Malkolm's dad. He's the volleyball coach at Valdosta State University and also has hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. "It's in my family but by the grace of God I've been able to live a normal life physically without any medication or seeing any doctors," said Sia Soyer.

He's glad doctors could noticed Malkolm's condition early on. Malkolm suggested putting a story he wrote in school on EBay to raise money for the surgery and since then, interest has spring boarded.

Since Friday, $2,500 has been raised. "Almost took a life of it's own the support from friends, from people we don't you know, it's just been incredible," said Sia Soyer.

"For all those people that bought the stories, I want to thank them for donating and praying for me," said Malkolm.

The recovery process will take awhile after the surgery but Malkolm hopes he'll be able to participate in activities he couldn't before.

"I'm really excited because I'll be able to actually win races with my friends, and actually be able to keep up," said Malkolm.

The story is going for $10.00 on EBay.

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