October 26, 2016 was the 3 year anniversary of my son's heart transplant, after battling hypoplastic left heart syndrome for 10 months. I can't believe it's been 3 years since this little guy got his miracle. It's been an interesting 3 years to say the least but he's endured every hardship he's faced and is doing quite well. I don't know if I would've handled it as well as my wife has and I don't know if he'd be where he is today without her perseverance and determination, specifically by her, to get him better. The odds in the beginning just seemed too much to overcome but she did not believe that and made the decision to pursue every option we could. I'm extremely thankful (though I probably don't show it near enough) for her strength during those trying times. Those first 10 months were really tough but he fought and we let him. By all intents and purposes, he shouldn't be here; if you read the medical literature on the condition and all the little things he had going against him; from his prematurity to his birth weight to the severity of the heart defects. So thankful that we stuck with it and we have this beautiful little miracle today. It was our hope that God would take our 6% chance the surgeon gave us and do so much more than we could have imagined and He did. I would play "By Your Side" on my iPad while he was in the hospital and it would calm him. Now, just about every time I play the song on my guitar, he will sit and listen. So thankful for all the support, thought, prayers, and the fantastic care he received at Vanderbilt. I especially am thankful that God has allowed us to keep this little guy and has allowed us to be his parents. He is indeed living proof that if you believe, you want something bad enough, have faith and ask God for it, you shall receive it (Mark 11:24).
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