Toddler dies waiting for new heart, days before his birthday



A Duluth toddler waiting for a heart transplant has died, just days before his third birthday.

KBJR says Colten Robertson was at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and died early Friday.


Colten was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect just days after he was born, Mike Robertson – Colten's uncle – wrote on a GoFundMe page. Over the course of seven months, the infant had six open heart surgeries and got a pacemaker.

According to the post, Colten started having issues again in September, and doctors said he needed a new heart. So he was taken to Mayo Hospital, where health officials said it might be three to six months before he could get the transplant.


A Northland area fishing contest even decided to help the family. Joe Miketin – an Off the Hook Ice Fishing Contest organizer – told WDIO they would donate the proceeds to help the Robertson family.

Then earlier this week, the Robertsons posted an update to CaringBridge, saying he was "very sick." He had some bleeding and the doctors were working to get it under control.

Within a few days however, the young boy had died. Colten would have turned 3 years old on Feb. 15.

The fishing contest is set for Saturday. The GoFundMe page is still accepting donations to help out the Robertson family.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, congenital heart defects aren't very common. Only about 1 percent of babies are born with such a defect.

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