Doctors Tell This 5-Year-Old They Found Him A New Heart, And His Reaction Is Priceless
Before Ari Schultz was born, an ultrasound taken during his mother’s 18th week of pregnancy revealed that the unborn child suffered from two heart ailments (critical aortic stenosis and evolving hypoplastic left heart syndrome). Prior to his birth, he made history as the first unborn child to undergo two successful heart surgeries.
Now Ari is a five-year-old boy. Still suffering from his cardiac conditions, he spent 200 days on the formal waiting list before learning that he had been blessed with a new heart.
Here’s his reaction to the life-changing and overdue news:
The overwhelmed child asks incredulously, “They found one?” And his next response is the same one we’d all have: “When am I gonna get it?”
Well, Ari got it on the night of Friday, March 3, and it started beating in his chest at 11:32 p.m., according to his father’s blog.
In the most recent post (filled with interesting information about Ari’s road to recovery and future) dated March 8, his father shares:
As of now, he’s stable in the cardiac intensive care unit. He is deeply sedated and has a breathing tube in. He looks like he’s resting comfortably. Beyond that, he’s still in the weeds and has a lot of mostly anticipated challenges to overcome so there’s not much of a medical update.
Assuming that the transplant proves to be successful, it will be 30–90 days before Ari finds his way home. Fortunately, that’s plenty of time to catch a Red Sox game as his dad promised him in the video.
3 Mental Health Experts Dissect Facebook's Tech-Heavy Plan To Prevent Suicides They're generally supportive, but concerns remain.
This Genetic Testing Tool Could Help Doctors Break The Chain During Superbug Outbreaks Medical sleuths on the trail of drug-resistant bacteria could have a powerful new tool at their disposal.
A Stroke Can Steal Away A Person’s Ability To Move Freely. Virtual Reality Might Help Bring It Back. How do you get to a physical therapy appointment when your limbs are paralyzed? Bring the physical therapy to you.
Emotional Granularity Can Help Reduce Stress Levels We often mislabel our negative emotions as “stress.”
A Promising New Drug Kills Pain Like Morphine—And It’s Not Addictive, Either The compound is a huge step forward in the fight to end America’s dangerous addiction to prescription narcotics.
Spiders Have Super-Hearing Powers — And Scientists Think We Can Steal Them For Ourselves If Spider-Man were scientifically accurate, he’d be able to detect the faintest sounds in any crowd with ease.
New Video Shows How to Find Your Vestigial Organs Your tailbone was once an anchor for … your tail.
As Trump Wages War On Birth Control, Women Are Taking Back The Condom Female-owned condom companies are pitching a sleeker product that’s healthier for women’s bodies. But can our manliest contraceptive method really be feminist? Can we find “girl power” in the manliest contraceptive method of them all?
Woman’s Shocking Before-and-After Pictures Reveal The Truth About Panic Attacks Appearances aren’t always what they seem.