NFL player Brandon Mebane loses his 7-week-old baby girl Makenna to a rare genetic heart condition

As reported by the National Institutes of Health, infants who are born with this disease live only for a few days or weeks after birth


                            NFL player Brandon Mebane loses his 7-week-old baby girl Makenna to a rare genetic heart condition

NFL player Brandon Mebane has had to live through a parent's worst nightmare as he lost his seven-week-old daughter Makenna to a rare genetic heart condition. Little Makenna passed away at a NICU in Omaha, Nebraska, on January 3.

According to multiple outlets, Mebane is the defensive tackle for the Los Angeles Chargers. Brandon had to miss out on four games through November and December in order to be with his wife and two children when Makenna was born with a chromosome disorder. The condition is known as 'Trisomy 13' and tends to cause intellectual disabilities as well as physical abnormalities such as heart defects and poorly developed eyes.

As reported by the National Institutes of Health, infants who are born with this disease live only for a few days or weeks after birth. Mebane told 'chargers.com', "T13 is when you’re dealing with a heart condition and the baby doesn’t have a valve to her heart. [There are] not a whole lot of surgeons in the United States to do surgery on babies, so we had to go to a specialist. There are only like four doctors in the U.S. that do this [certain procedure]. One of the doctors is in Omaha, so we had to go out there."

Makenna developed an infection in her stomach only two weeks after she was born and had to undergo an operation in the middle of December in order to remove the infected tissue in her intestines. However, after the surgery, her condition went from bad to worse.

Mebane added, "She just kept bleeding from her stomach, and when they tried to feed her, it wasn’t good for her liver. She wasn’t doing much better, and they had to make a decision."

Brandon Mebane throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics at Safeco Field on July 12, 2014, in Seattle, Washington (Getty Images)
Brandon Mebane throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics at Safeco Field on July 12, 2014, in Seattle, Washington (Getty Images)

While the situation at home was rocky, Mebane managed to rejoin the team and play their last two regular season games. After Makenna was born, he took to Twitter to share, "I think the main thing for me is just playing for my family… playing for her [my wife] and my kids and my family has been a motivation. A boost to help me just go [out and just play.]"

With chargers.com, he shared, "[This is] something that made me more aware of talking to God more, praying way more, [and] praying not just at night with my kids, but before we drop them off at school. Hopefully, this’ll [raise] awareness." The Los Angeles Chargers shared a tweet for Mebane which read, "Words are hard to come by with the passing of Brandon Mebane’s infant daughter, Makenna. We are heartbroken. Please join us in keeping Brandon, and his family, in your thoughts and prayers."



 

Mebane shared that he will keep his daughter close to his heart while he is on the field and told Times, "You know, it’s been a tough year, period, but she would want me to be here doing my job. No matter where I am, I still think about her. I’m just happy I’m still able to play this game."