Florida 12-year-old with congenital heart defects invites everyone to celebrate his birthday

Eric Piburn holding a birthday party at Old McMicky's Farm in Odessa on February 3
Posted at 9:26 PM, Jan 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-10 11:28:15-05

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. — A Wesley Chapel boy is inviting everyone to celebrate his birthday with him.

He's hosting a birthday bash at Old McMicky's Farm in Odessa in February and told everyone to come.

His parents said doctors did not expect him to see his first birthday, but their son just turned 12 years old in December.

"For the first three years of Eric's life, he could not walk, he could not talk," said Randi Piburn.

Eric Piburn was born with congenital heart defects and has been in and out of a hospital since birth.

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He had four open heart surgeries and needs oxygen all the time. His mom gives him a long list of medications.

"Unfortunately, it's just medication based right now. There is no other intervention to do for him. He's outlived all the expectations of doctors already," said Randi Piburn.

Eric is kind to everyone he meets. He likes to talk about movies and Wheel of Fortune.

"My most favorite character from Finding Dory is Dory," said Eric Piburn.

Eric shared a wish for the children he sees when he's in the hospital.

"I really want them to have a life, to be home and to have toys," said Piburn.

His mother said he inspires her and he teaches others to appreciate life.

"I want people to have hope because we didn't have a lot of hope at the beginning, unfortunately, because of what the doctors had told us to expect. However, we never gave up on him," said Randi Piburn.

Tickets for the birthday party are $10. The family hopes hundreds attend.

The party is on February 3 from 11 a.m. -3 p.m. at Old McMicky's Farm on 9612 Crescent Drive in Odessa, Florida.

Money from ticket sales will go to the family's mounting medical bills.

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