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HERMISTON — Avery Henderson has faced plenty of adversity since entering the world April 1. Born with congenital Holt-Oram Syndrome, he has holes in his heart that will require surgery for him to live.

His aunt, Lindsey Disselbrett, who serves as his family’s spokesperson, said he developed bronchitis and pneumonia at around 2 months old. Nichole Maahs, Avery’s mother and Disselbrett’s sister, just returned from maternity leave to her Umatilla County job when he got sick.

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