Young 10-year old Ivan Applin had just one request for the doctor prior to going in for his life saving heart surgery.

By Robby Sabo

Rivalries in sport is one hell of a thing. They can take the most normal person and turn him/her into a raving lunatic.

10-year old Ivan Applin from Toledo, Ohio understands this as well as anybody.

Applin was born with atrial septal defect, a condition which leaves holes in his heart interfering with blood flow to the rest of his organs. Over time the holes in his heart grew bigger and complications piled up.

Surgery was necessary to save the boy’s life.

Ivan had only one question for the doctor prior to going under the knife.

“He asked if the Michigan doctors were going to make his heart love University of Michigan instead of Ohio State,” his mother Jennifer said.

Yes Ivan, we all understand your concern.

Ivan returned home the next day has already returned to soccer practice, and has remained a diehard Buckeye fan.

H/T Sports Illustrated, U of M Health Blogs

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