Saskatchewan boy with three open heart surgeries throws first pitch during Blue Jays game


Like any other kid in Saskatchewan, Rocky Trainor loves to get out and play sports, but not every kid has had open heart surgery. Or threw the first pitch at a Toronto Blue Jays game.

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Rocky was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, which means he only has half a heart. It took three operations to recreate his heart before he was four years old. Now the seven-year-old is able to do all kinds of sports.

His love of sports took him all the way to the major leagues. After applying to the Make a Wish Foundation, Rocky was taken to Toronto where he was able to throw the first pitch and watch the game.

“It was kind of quiet until he came out and threw his arms up. The crowd just erupted….it was really cool to see the power a seven year old can have over a crowd” , said Rocky’s father, Scott Trainor.

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His parents say the way he has been able to continue playing sports amazes them every day.

“It’s never been a horrible experience because it’s family time,” Rocky’s mother Stacey said. “That’s where he’s gotten out of it. He fights through it. (After) all the surgeries, we haven’t had a bad experience.

Although Rocky’s relationship with his parents is special, he also has a little brother whom he introduced to many sports.

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Five-year-old Russell said that while he enjoys playing all sports with his brother, there is one he enjoys more than the others.

“My brother likes to play football with me and it’s very cool,” Russell said.

Rocky’s favorite sport has been baseball, but time with his brother may have changed that as he now switches between soccer and baseball as his favorite.

The family said that through it all, hospital staff have always been there to help Rocky reach his moment at center field.

“It’s thanks to the amazing surgeons in Edmonton who performed his heart surgery and the cardiologists here in Saskatoon,” Scott said. “We always had a positive attitude and knew it was going to happen, and it did.”

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