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Slain trooper's son sent to Durham for heart surgery

Posted September 9, 2008

— The infant son of a slain trooper was moved to Duke University Children's Hospital last week so he could undergo heart surgery, Asheville hospital officials said Tuesday.

Michaela Blanton, the wife of slain trooper David Shawn Blanton and mother of the couple's son, Tye, asked Mission Hospitals in Asheville to update the public about about her son's condition.

"Tye has a number of serious medical conditions, in addition to his heart problems. He remains in critical yet stable condition at Duke after heart surgery on Wednesday," the statement read.

"Despite the success of this surgery, Tye is looking towards an additional surgery in the near future to repair a different area of the heart."

  • Read the full statement.

Despite his serious medical problems, Tye was able to experience many firsts in his life before being taken to Duke.

"He was able to be outside and see daylight, catch the first glimpse of his baby cousin, Jaxon, who was born only 33 hours before him, and even have a helicopter ride that he thoroughly enjoyed!" the statement read.

Tye was born prematurely, two weeks before his father's death. Trooper Blanton, 24, was shot to death in June during a traffic stop on Interstate 40 near Canton.

In July, a Haywood County Superior Court judge ruled that prosecutors could seek the death penalty against Edwardo Wong III, 37, of Ormond Beach, Fla., who is charged in Blanton’s death.

The State Employees Credit Union set up a fund for the Blanton family. Donations can be made at any North Carolina SECU branch.


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  • VivaceConBrio Sep 10, 2008

    God bless this family. We should all pray for their health and strength. Tye has his daddy on his side, he'll come through just fine!

  • SGR Sep 9, 2008

    What a very sad story. This family is in my thoughts and prayers. May god give them strength to conquer each day.

  • headlong Sep 9, 2008

    Praying for you Tye!!! You are your Father's son...be strong Little Man!!!

  • Tarheel born Sep 9, 2008

    God bless little Tye, his mother and his family. May he continue his father's legacy one day.

  • carolina blue sky Sep 9, 2008

    Michaela and Tye: My heart goes out to both of you. You have both been through so much. I pray that GOD smiles upon you and keeps you close in his comforting arms. I am the wife of a trooper, and my husband and I thank you for the service of David. Your family is part of our black and silver family. Tye has shown so much strength already, and I pray that he continues to do well. Prayers and thoughts for your family. Thanks for the updates and keep them coming.

  • prayin4tr Sep 9, 2008

    Sending loads of prayers for baby Tye and his mom.

  • GroupOfPricklyPears Sep 9, 2008

    Thoughts, prayers, love and warm memories of David going out to Michaela, and Tye. You are not alone. Keep the faith.

  • unchick Sep 9, 2008

    Wow! She has gone through so much. My hearts and prayers go out to her and the family.

  • garden Sep 9, 2008

    So much sorrow in the young mother's heart already. Makes my problems seem like nothing. Now the little baby will have to go through even more surgeries. Praying for the whole family.

  • Love being a Mom Sep 9, 2008

    Ms. Blanton and Tye: We will add you both to our prayer list. Thank you for sharing your husband with us to help keep us safe. Thank you for keeping us updated on your son's condition. Please know you both are in our thoughts and prayers each day. You are teaching me how to be a better wife and mother, as well as, not to take my husband and children for granted. May God bless and keep you and Tye.