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Patients at Vanderbilt children's hospital to become honorary Nashville Sounds players

(Photos courtesy Nashville Sounds/Monroe Carell Jr. Chilren's Hospital at Vanderbilt)

Two young patients of Vanderbilt's children's hospital will become honorary players of the Nashville Sounds.

Dalton, 13, a heart and ectodermal dysplasia patient, and Chase, 8, a complex care patient, will be signing honorary one-year contracts with the baseball team on Saturday at First Tennessee Park.

Dalton and Chase will be spending several days and nights with the team ahead of this weekend's game, in which they will throw the ceremonial first pitch against the Omaha Storm Chasers at 6:35 p.m.

When Dalton was just two years old, doctors at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt diagnosed him with Unicuspid Aortic Stenosis, a congenial heart defect which doesn't allow the heart to pump blood properly. Dalton has already underwent four heart surgeries and will need more in the future.

Little Chase was rushed to the children's hospital after being born into "unfortunate circumstances" and immediately was put on a heart and lung bypass machine. After being discharged, Chase found himself back at the hospital with respiratory syncytial virus. At only 8 years old, Chase has spent 150 nights at Vanderbilt's children's hospital.

“The Nashville Sounds bring such joy to our patients with their frequent visits to the hospital and through their Honorary Player Program,” Children’s Hospital CEO Luke Gregory said. “We are grateful to the Sounds for being champions of our mission to provide world-class services for children from across Tennessee and around the country.”

A news conference is slated for Saturday afternoon. Stick with FOX 17 News for the latest on this story.

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