Teen with heart disease imagines video game now sold in app store

Hunter Allis is only 14 years old, but he has already helped to create his own video game available in the Apple App Store.

Hunter, of East Hampton, Conn., was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a rare congenital heart disease. He had three open heart surgeries before he was 3 years old and a fourth heart surgery at age 11.

Unable to do much physical activity, Hunter developed a love for video games. He would fill notebooks with sketches of video game characters.

"I just like creating things," he told ABC News. "And I just really like video games."

Hunter was recovering from his fourth heart surgery in 2014 when he learned he would have a wish granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He immediately said that he wanted to create his own video game.

In May 2015, Hunter and his family flew to Texas to spend five days at Bottle Rocket, a Dallas-based company that creates mobile apps.

Hunter, then 11, signed a "contract" to join the team as the head of their gaming division for the week. He brought his sketches and participated as the developers at Bottle Rocket brought his video game idea to life.

Continue reading on ABC News.

Published by Bottle Rocket in Culture, Planet SRAM, News and Awards, Make-A-Wish