If there is one thing we know about Ohio State fans, it’s that they cannot stand the Michigan Wolverines. One young Buckeye fan had to get over his disdain for the Maize and Blue when he found out that he would be having heart surgery at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, which is part of the University of Michigan Health System.
He made sure that his doctors knew where his loyalty lied.
USA TODAY’s For the Win shared an incredible story of ten-year-old Ivan Applin, who was being treated for a heart disease.
The Toledo, Ohio native have a rare congenital condition that caused him to have holes throughout his heart. When the doctors showed him a certain piece of equipment that would be used during his surgery, he asked an adorable question.
“He asked if the Michigan doctors were going to make his heart love University of Michigan instead of Ohio State,” his mother Jennifer laughs.
Of course, the doctors left and assured Applin that he would certainly still love the Buckeyes when his surgery was over. The surgery was an absolute success and he is now in the recovery phase. He just wants the recovery to be done and over with that way he can go back out and play with his friends.
“He keeps asking me to take out the calendar and show him the exact day his recovery period is officially over so he can stop resting,” Jennifer says. “He wants to make sure it’s in time for his first soccer practice.”
I’m sure the Buckeyes are going to have one strong fan for a long time coming.
Good luck, Ivan.
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