Wesley Theodore Patterson was handed over to the loving arms of our Savior Jesus Christ by his Parents, Matthew and Kailey Patterson, on Tuesday, June 27, 2023, at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.\n\nIn addition to his parents, he is survived by his twin brother William Thomas Patterson; Grandparents Jon & Nedra Nieman, Kimberly Patterson-Bowen & Monte Bowen, Scott Patterson; Great Grandmother Mary Laws; Great Great Grandfather Frank Newton; Uncle Dakota Nieman; and Aunts Lindsey Reed and Courtney Randolph.\n\nWesley was preceded in death by his uncle John-Wesley Patterson; Great Grandparents Dr. David Patterson, Evelyn Patterson - Leonard, Terry Leonard, JB Laws, William & Mary Lou Fig, and Ruth & Gary Nieman.\n\nHe will be laid to rest in Mt. Hebron Cemetery with a private graveside service. A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday at 4:00 PM at Oak Meadows Farm. \n\nWesley was born at Niswonger Children's Hospital in Johnson City, TN, at 32 weeks gestation and remained in the NICU there until he was transferred to Vanderbilt. He was postnatally diagnosed on day five of life with a congenital heart defect (CHD) called Tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia and MAPCAS. \n\nOur brave and strong heart warrior fought valiantly, having survived five heart caths, two stents, and two open heart procedures. His nicknames in the PCICU were Tank, WesBest, and Wes-a-Mess. He was loved and cared for by the best doctors, nurses, and staff. Dubbed his "Fan Club," his room was a favorite and was known for being the moral boost for the unit, where everyone was always met with a big smile and an even bigger attitude. \n\nSince his time in the NICU, doctors, nurses, and staff have signed a copy of the book "I Might Be Little" by Eve Bishop and Penny Johnson. Some of the quotes from their time with him demonstrate the impact Wesley made on our lives. \n\n"Wesley, I love taking care of you. You are a treat every shift and continue to provide smiles to the whole unit every night. Love you buddy." - Gram\n\n"My sweet Wes-a-mess, I am so grateful to know such a sweet, strong smiley boy. Your smiles make every shift better. You and your family are the reason we do this job. I love you and am forever proud of you!" - Bon\n\n"Sweet Wes, You are so brave and give the sweetest smile. I love caring for you and watching your journey." - Katie\n\n"Wes, Thank you for always letting me take care of you! Coming in and seeing your smile makes my day 100x better! I love you strong boy." - Jordan\n\nWesley loved his cartoons and was an old soul. His favorites were Veggiestales, Tom and Jerry, Kipper the Dog, Bluey, and Winnie the Pooh. Echos of "Where is my hairbrush" and "God is Bigger than the Boogieman" can no doubt be heard from his room. \n\nOn June 21st, Wesley suffered cardiac arrest due to a blood clot in the BTT shunt that supplied his lungs with blood. He was successfully placed on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and was able to have the blood clot removed successfully in a cardiac catheter procedure, seemingly without complications. \n\nTwo days later, he was successfully removed from ECMO and was recovering well, until his neurological exams started to change. He was rushed down to get a CT and was shown to have developed a massive intracranial hemorrhage that was placing pressure on his brain stem. An emergency drain was placed to alleviate the pressure, but due to the blood thinners he was on prior because of ECMO and his heart condition, there was nothing else that could be done as the swelling increased and more bleeding developed. \n\nWe were able to spend Wesley's last few days together with him. We sang to him, cuddled him, read to him, and prayed continuously for a miracle. That miracle was granted on Tuesday, after celebrating his and his twin William's 8th-month birthdate with a Bluey party in his room with cake and all of the love from a hospital community that has been his family since he arrived in the cardiac unit in March of this year. \n\nWe got to carry Wesley outside to the koi pond and garden for the first time since early March and remove his support devices. He passed on gently in his parents' arms, with the sunshine and breeze on his face, surrounded by his family and many Vanderbilt Children's Hospital staff, who loved him very much. \n\nOn the way to the Koi pond, Wesley was given an Honor Walk by nurses, doctors, and staff who lined the halls of the hospital as Wesley and his family walked passed. \n\nWe are forever grateful for the legacy Wesley has left and will dedicate ourselves to picking up that torch and carrying on his legacy in every way possible. \n\nOur Sweet Wesley never complained through every challenge that he was asked to face. He loved in a way that few know and could do more and was faced with more in 8 months than most have to face in their lifetime. \n\nWesley's life will continue to be honored with a foundation in his name. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made as seed money for The Wesley Theodore Foundation and its mission. Donations may be made in person at his Celebration of Life or online at the bottom of this page.