As a six-month-old baby, I had the Mustard Procedure performed due to being born with a rare heart defect called Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA) and wouldn’t be here today if not for the fundraising, research and support of the AHA.
The heart defect I was born with had a survival rate below 50 percent at the time I was born and required three surgical procedures before I turned six months old. Today, children born with TGA can undergo a two-phased surgical procedure that can be completed within two weeks of birth, which has a 96 percent survival rate. I have observed first-hand the drastic improvements in the medical field to diagnose and treat heart conditions.
When I was a kid, in order to monitor my heart, once a year, I used to have to wear a bulky device with half a dozen wires attached all over my chest for two days that couldn’t get wet. Now there’s a waterproof and wireless device the size of a small sticker that’s worn over the heart for two weeks. Kids can be active, get sweaty, and shower since the bulky monitor and wires are gone.
Fast forward to joining MUFG Bank, I enjoy playing recreational basketball with many of my Oakland and San Francisco MUFG colleagues, and shared the Champion title with teammate Chris Escher from the inaugural CTS-Oakland Foosball Tournament before COVID forced us to work from home.
An avid sports fan, I root for the Wisconsin Badgers, San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks. #Bucksin6
During the pandemic, I have relocated with my family to Tempe, Arizona to continue my career with MUFG Bank. This year, my wife (Anna) and I, welcomed a new baby boy, David Kobe "DK" Ausman, who was born happy and healthy without any heart complications, to his dads relief.
Since moving to AZ, I enjoy hiking with my family and dog, Finley, working on projects around the house and spending as much time with little DK and the family as possible.
The mission continues to be very important to me as I regrettably lost my Aunt Roberta Pratt Ausman to a sequence of strokes earlier this month.
I would love to gather all my friends and colleagues through AHA's digital heart walk event on September 24, 2021, to raise awareness for heart disease and stroke. Please support me and AHA in our mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives by joining my walking team "Walk it like you talk it" or donating to my heart walk page.