How a "Scrambled Eggs" Baby Became a Record-Breaking Director

How a "Scrambled Eggs" Baby Became a Record-Breaking Director

1525617_666200776736074_1735971307_nThirty-eight years ago, on September 26, a baby was born. This baby had congenital birth defects; polysplenia, Scoliosis, a missing heart valve, and an inability to swallow liquids without aspirating into the lungs. In other words, to drink was to drown, there was a liver where a stomach should be, and a heart mounted semi-backwards. The child was essentially “scrambled eggs,” and was given just a small chance to last through the night.

A heartfelt prayer was offered. The baby hung on. He made it through that night and all the ones that followed.

At 6 years old, the child underwent open-heart surgery. Doctors replaced the defective valve, and stitched up a hole in the ventricle wall. The little boy’s blood was now fully oxygenated. He was able to run for the first time in his life.

At first, because the boy with the hole in his heart had never run before, one leg extended further than the other. This turned him just enough off balance that one side kept getting closer to the ground until he tumbled into the grass. But each time, he got back up, cleaned the grass out of his hair, and tried it again. Pretty soon, he got the coordination down became a very formidable soccer player.

At the age of 15, during a routine medical checkup, it was discovered that the young man’s spine was curving in epidemic proportion. Corrective surgery was called for. In the course of the routine operation, an unexpected error occurred. The boy’s spinal cord was substantially traumatized. He awoke paralyzed from the waist down. Again, a blessing was administered.

Still, doctors told the boy he would not walk again–ever. They put him in therapy to prepare for life in a chair. He asked for someone to teach him to walk, but nobody wanted to coach him. He’d been down this road before. So, each night–unbeknownst to the docs–he did his own therapeutic routine. 40 days later, he somehow got to his feet…and walked out of the hospital, leaving the speechless medical staff behind. He just left the wheelchair empty, and walked away. This miracle can’t be explained, other than the fact that this kid simply would not yield to adversity.

When this young man graduated from high school, he was given a standing ovation as he stood and walked across the stage to receive his diploma. There were no dry eyes in the room.

When the boy turned 36, it was discovered that the artificial valve in his heart had failed. He asked the hospital for a refund. They replied that it was only meant to last 10 years, so no refund could be given. So, once again, this man’s chest was cut open and his heart was “fixed.”

322058_10150349781048721_1936568537_oToday, the man is married and has 4 beautiful children. His wife, Sherrie, is a gymnast. His passion and profession is filmmaking. This January, his first theatrical feature film will be released in select theaters nationwide. In limited runs, it has broken several records. The movie, of course, has the heart of a champion. The title of the film is The Saratov Approach, and the trailer can be found online.

This man is my son, Garrett Michael Batty, and each day I am a better person because of him. Pysically, he carries angry scars both inside and out, but spiritually he is whole. He is one of my heroes, and the toughest man I know.

This boy is the real thing. There is no polyester in his personality.

  • This article was written by Garrett Batty’s father, Michael Batty. Please check out the movie “The Saratov Approach.” It is a beautiful, inspiring story that comes from a good source.


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Seth Adam Smith

Seth Adam Smith is a best-selling, award-winning author and blogger whose writings have been translated into over thirty languages and featured on Huffington Post, Good Morning America, Fox News, CNN, the Today Show, and many other news outlets around the world.

A survivor of a suicide attempt in 2006, Seth is an advocate for resources and understanding concerning depression and suicide prevention and regularly writes about these topics in his books and on his blog. He recently finished "Rip Van Winkle and the Pumpkin Lantern," and is currently working on a series of historical novels set in Colonial America.

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  • Very inspiring! There are no limits to the Human spirit! I love that his passion brings things that are uplifting…we Definately need more of that in the media department!
    Absolutely loved the movie!

  • I had no idea this has been what his life was like. He is truly an inspiration to each and everyone of us. I know Sheryl, his mother. You and Sheryl must be so proud of him. God bless all of you.

  • thanks for this little biography, Mike. I, too, remember Garrett’s struggles from the outside looking in. what a tremendous spirit he has, and what a wonderful, giving family as well. I love his new movie. He has the heart of a champion and is such an inspiration to so many, as is his family.

  • I feel honor, because i’been blessed with the opportunity to meet and work with this BEAUTIFULL MAN. he is amazing and one thing thaht is missed, its that he speak spanish, and who knows what else… love you Garret, mine respects.
    Me siento honrado y bendecido con la oportunidad de conocer y trabajar con este Maravilloso Hombrr, es sorprndente… y una cosa que falto, es que el habla español tambien, y quien sabe que otras cosas….. Te aprecio Garret, mismrespetos hacia ti.

  • I am very grateful for my very dear friend, Elise Robles Mathov, who shared this link with me. Garrett’s story is truly a masterpiece of faith, perseverance, and hope which drove his indomitable spirit. I believe that his story trumps man’s landing on the moon, a likewise ‘impossible’ venture, simply because he impacted not just his posterity but all those who face severe, seemingly endless challenges. This story showed a solid support system of loved ones and a community of friends who helped him along the way. What a remarkable story!

  • Michael that was absolutely amazing how you captured his life story. I am in tears of joy to not only have the honor of knowing Garrett but to know the strength he endures. You two must be so proud, as all of us are too!! Xoxo

  • I too have been blessed to know Garrett and to work with him on his first feature, “Scout Camp: The Movie”. Congratulations the success of your new film. You deserve it my friend.

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