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Open-heart surgery, kidney transplant: Benefit planned for Patrick Thompson on September 7 and 8

Patrick Thompson's parents found out shortly after his birth that he had a heart murmur, a condition that does not usually cause severe problems, according to his dad, Lowell Thompson.

But the 38-year-old started experiencing health issues about a year ago and quickly realized the cause was his malfunctioning heart.

"Right where the left ventricle is, where blood leaves the heart, the membrane is starting to get plugged up and causing issues," his dad explained. "It would be best that he has the surgery now to remove it."

Thompson was scheduled to have heart surgery on Wednesday, August 29; however, some complications have pushed the operation out about three more weeks, a wait the family wasn't planning on.

"We were hoping the open-heart surgery would be done by now," said Lowell, adding that pushing the heart surgery out will also prolong the time before Patrick is eligible for a kidney transplant.

Extremely high blood pressure, sometimes as high as 290 over 190, for prolonged periods has been hard on his kidneys. According to his dad, they are currently functioning at about 19 percent.

"We've got a couple relatives that are seeing if they'd be a (donor) match," his dad said.

Finding out the news that his son's health was failing was hard, but the family is confident in the experienced surgeons at Mayo and their ties in the Detroit Lakes community.

"As a parent, you always have concerns, especially dealing with his heart," Lowell said.

Two benefits are planned for Patrick Thompson on September 7 and 8, consecutively.

The former will be put on by his brother, Lance Thompson, at the lake executive golf course that Friday at 1 p.m.

The "main benefit" is at the Shorewood Pub on Saturday, September 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. and will feature live music, a live auction at 5:30, and pulled pork dinner. It is free-will donation.

Donations can also be dropped off at First Security Bank at 611 Summit Avenue in Detroit Lakes.

Lowell describes his son as, "very outgoing—very friendly. The minute you meet him you'd feel comfortable talking to him."