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Posted 07 September 2004 - 12:25 AM

<table border="1" width="672" height="475"> <tr> <td width="654" colspan="2" height="108" bgcolor="#000080"> <p align="center"><b><font face="Impact" size="7" color="#C0C0C0">Paulding.com FEATURE</font></b></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="654" colspan="2" height="108"><b><font face="Verdana" size="5"><br> Uhland Braly, honorary chair of <font color="#FF0000"> 2004 American</font></font></b> <p><b><font face="Verdana" size="5"><font color="#FF0000">Heart Association Paulding Heart Walk &amp; Ride,</font></font></b></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana" size="5">seeks new heart, normal life and 20+ years</font></b></p> <p><font face="Verdana" size="2">At six-two, Uhland Braly, who is heading this year's Paulding County Heart Walk and Bike Ride, is a big man with a big heart – literally.</font></p> <p><font face="Verdana" size="2">Born a blue baby – a child with a congenital heart defect 49 years ago - Braly's life is a testament to the progress made in the treatment heart disease ... and his days of testimony are hardly over even if he weren't this year's honorary Heart Walk Chairman.</font></p> <p><font face="Verdana" size="2">That's because Braly's big heart is a literal fact. After 43 years, including nearly 20 as a police officer, Braly is on the list for a heart transplant to replace his enlarged heart, a condition that has left him disabled, and a few times, near death, since his retirement in 1997 at age 43.</font></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="362" valign="top" height="210"><img border="0" src="http://www.paulding....s/braly06s.jpg" width="350" height="606"> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img border="0" src="http://www.paulding....s/braly05s.jpg" width="350" height="478"></p> <table border="1" width="100%"> <tr> <td width="100%" bgcolor="#A2FF91"><font size="1" face="Verdana"><b>Uhland Braly defied common sense to start playing football after his last successful heart surgery at age 12.&nbsp;</b></font> <p><font size="1" face="Verdana"><b>Now, as he bides his time waiting for a new heart, he's come full swing coaching his son Clint, age 10, in midget football. The experience is one that Braly enjoys so much that once he gets his new heart, he plans to go back to college and take some coaching courses.&nbsp;</b></font></p> <p><font size="1" face="Verdana"><b>Braly, who happened to be playing at the county's Braly Park, is honorary Chairman of this 2004 American Heart Association Heart Walk and Ride.&nbsp;</b></font></p> <p><font size="1" face="Verdana"><b>This years' event&nbsp; will feature a walk to and from Hiram to the Dallas Chamber Trail Head on the Silver Comet Trail. Walkers gain pledges from family, friends and businesses to donate to the fund-raising drive. This year's goal is $50,000.00&nbsp;</b></font></td> </tr> </table> <p align="center"><font face="Verdana" size="6"><sup><b>Those with Internet</b></sup></font></p> <p align="center"><font face="Verdana" size="6"><sup><b>access can sign up for</b></sup></font></p> <p align="center"><font face="Verdana" size="6"><sup><b>events at</b></sup></font></p> <p align="center"><font face="Verdana" size="3"><sup>&nbsp;<u><font COLOR="#00007f">http://pauldingcount...sup></font></p> <hr> <p align="center"><font color="#000000" size="5">Don't forget to see the various events</font> <p align="center"><font color="#000000" size="5">like the</font><font size="6" color="#FF0000"><b> County's Chilifest </b></font> <p align="center"><font size="6" color="#FF0000"><b> &nbsp; </b></font><font color="#000000" size="5">and the</font><b><font color="#FF0000" size="5"> </font><font size="6" color="#FF0000">Pizza Dinner at </font></b> <p align="center"><b><font size="6" color="#FF0000">&nbsp;Surepip's house </font></b><font color="#000000" size="5">all being</font> <p align="center"><font color="#000000" size="5">&nbsp;talked about in the</font> <p align="center"><font size="6" color="#FF0000"><b> &nbsp; <a href="http://www.paulding....4">Paulding.com Heart</a></b></font> <p align="center"><font size="6" color="#FF0000"><b> <a href="http://www.paulding....134">&nbsp;Walk 2004 forum!</a></b></font></td> <td width="296" rowspan="3" height="355" valign="top"><font SIZE="6"></font><font face="Verdana" size="2">“I'll be walking with a red hat,” said Braly about his expected role in the Paulding County Heart Walk and Bike Ride set for October 2nd. “I guess I'm kind of a poster boy for the event,” he said of this years event sponsored by Wellstar Paulding Hospital.</font><sup> <p><font face="Verdana" size="2">In a strange way, Uhland Braly has always been Paulding Hospital's poster child for heart disease although in the early days, it was as the sickly child of Paulding's leading physician and founding force behind what is now known as Wellstar Paulding Hospital – Dr. Samuel Uhland Braly.</font></p> <p><font face="Verdana" size="2">Born in 1954 Braly's heart has in a sense, always been big and encompassing. Surviving his congenital defect, Braly went on to have three surgeries before his 13th birthday, each seeking to mitigate and minimize the health effect of his birth defect.</font></p> <p><font face="Verdana" size="2">Uhland had his first open heart surgery when he was six months old and the second at age six.</font></p> <p><font face="Verdana" size="2">&quot;I had a lot of early problems,&quot; Uhland said. &quot;I wasn't able to run or exercise at all. The blood wouldn't flow completely to the brain, and I would pass out. It caused some learning disabilities. I had dyslexia. I was clumsy. I never learned to run like other kids,” he said. It was so bad, he said, by age 12, he was getting around on a riding lawnmower.</font></p> </sup> <p><font face="Verdana" size="3"><sup>His final surgery, a Teflon shunt that closed the hole between the two chambers of his heart, was performed when he was 12. The repair was a virtual miracle and opened a whole new world to the young Braly, who described the day his dad came to him to ask if he wanted the operation.</sup></font></p> <sup> <p><font face="Verdana" size="2">&quot;My father, who worked as a doctor in Paulding County (and was also State Senator) and was probably one of the busiest men around, came to me on a Wednesday afternoon. I was at home. He had his suit and tie on, and he had some brand new fishing poles. He came in the house and said, 'Let's go fishing.' I said, 'well, okay, Daddy, let's go.' So we have a small lake close to our property, and we went fishing.&quot;</font></p> <p><font face="Verdana" size="2">&quot;We sat down and Daddy said, 'Uhland, I've got a question to ask you.' I knew something was up because it was in the middle of the day, and he had his suit and tie on and had brand new fishing rods. I knew there was some delicate things he wanted to discuss with me.&quot;</font></p> <p><font face="Verdana" size="2">&quot;'Your last surgery is not working, and if you want to continue, they will have to operate again,'&quot; his father told him. &quot;'I'm going to leave that up to you. Would you rather live the way you live now, or would you rather improve your life by having another surgery?' I said, 'I'm ready. Let's do it!'&quot;</font></p> <p><font face="Verdana" size="2">The operation was a success, Braly went on to play High School Football at Paulding County High and become first a Paulding County Deputy and later a Georgia Capital Policeman – a job he kept until he retired in 1997.</font></p> <p><font face="Verdana" size="2">“They wanted to put me on a transplant list right up front, but they had never transplanted a Tetralogy of Fallot child at that time. It took a long time for them to get set up for that. Last May 2003, I was finally put on a transplant list.” he said.</font></p> <p><font face="Verdana" size="2">Braly explained that there are two stages of being on a transplant list. One is stage 2B, which he is in. That means he can live at home as long as stays on his medicines and stays within one hour of the hospital. Those in stage 1A, stay in the hospital on life support and they have first call on a heart.</font></p> <p><font face="Verdana" size="2">&quot;I have my good days and my bad days. Getting rid of the fluid is the major problem. Sometimes I can't get out of bed. Cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart, means the heart is stretched and the pumping action isn't good. That's how you get rid of the fluids through your kidneys. The heart pumps.&quot;</font></p> <p><font face="Verdana" size="2">Now on his fourth pacemaker Braly says this one has a defibrillator so “if the heart stops, it will give me a thump to start it back again.&quot;</font></p> <p><font face="Verdana" size="2">But this one has made a difference as Braly was able to coach his son in midget football this year for the first time.</font></p> <p><font face="Verdana" size="2">&quot;I still can't climb stairs. I sleep during the day time, but I know when I'm going to get to coach football, then I get up for two hours, get out there on the football field with those boys and try to teach them. We're a B-string. It's all educational, fundamental football. He (Clint) is pretty good, I think,&quot; he said smiling with pride.</font></p> <p><font face="Verdana" size="2">&quot;Right now, I'm living on eggshells, waiting for a donor,” he said. They are not harvesting a lot of large hearts right now.”</font></p> <p><font face="Verdana" size="2">Braly said a donor needs to make it perfectly clear to their family that if they are in a head injury situation and on life support, that they want to donate their organs.</font></p> <p><font face="Verdana" size="2">“Don't leave that decision to the family,” he said. “All of my family and friends are donors,&quot; he said.</font></p> <p><font face="Verdana" size="2">Optimistic that a suitable heart can be found, Braly found himself being forced to look to the future.</font></p> <p><font face="Verdana" size="2">&quot;One of my social workers asked me if I get a transplant, where do I want to work? That stunned me. It never crossed my mind that I'd ever get to go back to work. I know I won't be a policeman, but that was still a good feeling, to think I would be able to work again. People have lived up to twenty more years with a transplant. I have a few hobbies. I adopt horses, get them back into shape and give kids rides on them. I may work with them. I want to learn to be a better football coach. I have many things I want to do, if I get my transplant.&quot;</font></p> <p><font face="Verdana" size="2">As honorary Chairman of this year's Paulding Heart Walk, Braly is extraordinarily aware of the role the American Heart Association has made in advancing the treatment and cure of heart disease. “I would do anything in the world for the Heart Association,” he said.</font></p> <p><font face="Verdana" size="2">The local group is seeking participants for the Local Heart Walk which hopes to raise $50,000 at this year's event. Those with Internet access can sign up for events at: <u><font COLOR="#00007f">http://pauldingcount....org</font></u> and find out more event and information at the <a href="http://www.paulding....orum=134">Heart Walk forum on Paulding.com.</a></font></p> </sup> <p>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="362" valign="top" height="212"><img border="0" src="http://www.paulding....s/bralymug.jpg" width="360" height="469"> <table border="1" width="100%"> <tr> <td width="100%" bgcolor="#A2FF91"><b><font size="1" face="Verdana">Uhland Braly, son of Dr. Sam Braly, is a long time survivor of heart disease. Born with a congenital heart defect, he had three surgeries to correct a hole in his heart before age 12. The last surgery provided Braly with a normal life including playing High School football for the Patriots and nearly 20 years as a Deputy Sheriff and State Capitol Policeman.</font></b></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="362" height="1"><img border="0" src="http://www.paulding....ics/braly2.jpg" width="360" height="469"></td> </tr></table>

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Posted 07 September 2004 - 06:32 AM

I went to PCHS with Uhland. He was always a nice guy that treated everyone with respect.


Uhland, we'll be praying for you, buddy. Hang in there!

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Posted 07 September 2004 - 08:43 AM

I have never met a more gentle person than Uhland....I am happy that I have known him for almost 25 yrs....if ever a person deserves to receive a new heart this gentle man does...I am also happy seeing him with his son...have been there before Uhland...best of luck...keep strong...

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Posted 07 September 2004 - 02:41 PM

Dr Braly used to take care of me when I was a baby.

My son, who was two in July, was also born with Tetralogy of Fallot. I had never heard of it before then. Thank you for raising awareness about this complex heart defect. There are three thousand babies born with this defect in the United States each year.

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Posted 07 September 2004 - 03:46 PM

Uhland Braly absolutely is a great guy. He's also sharing his story with Helping Hands of Paulding for their miracle book to further help raise awareness of the Heart Association, and to help Helping Hands, a ministry that helps those in need of food, medicines, etc. Our prayers are with Uhland and his family.
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Posted 07 September 2004 - 06:58 PM

I was fortunate enough to meet Uhland when we worked on Playground of Dreams at the Braly Sports Complex. What a wonderful man and wonderful family that has done tremendous things for Paulding County. Our thoughts and prayers will be with him and his family.
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Posted 12 October 2004 - 01:31 PM

Hi Everyone,
Thanks for all of your kind thoughts and prayers! All of your posts have really inspired me and my family. Please keep us in your prayers! You are why I love Paulding County, it is still a small and loving community.

Best Regards,
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