Tuesday, August 5, 2008

I was holding back tears, but I did get goosebumps...

When Ross and I were in Stanford, at the Ronald McDonald house in Feburary, waiting for little Ross, we saw an amazing little boy.  His name is Shawn.  I knew all about him through a fellow heart mom.  He was born with HLHS, and he is 7 or 8 years old?   He had all three surgeries, but developed complications, and I'm sorry I don't know what it was right now.  I will find out.  I remember seeing him every night playing w/ friends, playing bingo, and trying hard to make life easy.  Him and his family are from Alaska.  He was there waiting for a heart transplant.  When I was there, he had already been at the Ronald House for over a year.  Today marks 2 years, 4 months, until July 31, 2008, they got the call at midnight that he got a heart!!!  They received a similiar call months ago, but turned out the heart had issues, so they wouldn't transplant it.  That was so devestating, I can imagine.  But, this time, he really got the heart, and I wanted to share this w/ everyone.  He has been on the Alaska news twice, and here is the most recent news clipping, showing him after his heart transplant.  I was trying REALLY hard not to cry, because I know I wouldn't be able to sleep, but I did get chills, and bumps on my arms.  This is such a miracle for this family, and I can only imagine going two years waiting for a heart.  



Simmons Family: said...

That video gave me goosebumps AND tears of joy! I always have the thought of transplant in my head, but I never think of the "waiting" period. Two years and Four Months seems like an eternity when it's your son waiting for a heart to save his life... I cannot imagine.

Hope little Ross is adjusting to being home again.

Owen's Mom

Our Family said...

Am I a dork? I can't get the video clip to come up???

It was great to see you today!


Anonymous said...

Wow that video gave me goosebumps also. That is a long time that he had to wait, but hopefully all is good now! Well I wanted to say hello, and sorry I haven't kept up with your blogs, i lost this website address. Glad you all are home now!! Take care *hugs*


Allison said...

Thanks for sharing! That was a good story...I can't imagine waiting for so long. I am so glad he got a heart!