while back some of you may remember an entry that I wrote about Jean' Paul. (It's an entry that I ended up deleting accidentally months ago)
He's the two year old son of my Nieces best friend. He was the ring bearer in my Nieces wedding. Here are a couple of pics of him from the wedding...
Jean' Paul had what his parents thought was a cold over the Christmas holidays but the day after Christmas they noticed that his lips were turning blue and rushed him to the hospital. Long story short, Jean' Paul had a virus that cause damage to his heart, and the only way he would survive would be a heart transplant.
He was immediately put on the transplant list. On January 8th Jean' Paul had a 16 hour surgery to install a Berlin Heart. It's an artificial heart that he would be able to live with until a donor heart became available. The Berlin Heart took some of the burden off of Jean' Paul's heart and his heart has begun to heal it's self. Not enough for them to take him off the transplant list though.
Jean' Paul's Mom and Dad went two months without holding him. His Mom has been in Arkansas with him since he was flown there, over 5 months ago. These are pics of Candi holding Jean' Paul for the first time after the surgery for the Berlin Heart.
Jean' Paul playing at the hospital.
This morning this beautiful little boy's parents received word that there was a donor heart that possibly might be a match. All the testing was done and IT WAS A MATCH! As of 5 o'clock this afternoon when I talked to my niece Jean' Paul has a new heart and it is beating beautifully.
Though my heart breaks for the family who had to make the decision to donate the organs of the child they lost, I can't begin to tell you how happy I am for the family who didn't lose. Who gets to keep this beautiful little boy for longer than they thought they were going to be able to!
Thank you so much to the family of the donor, thank you so much to all the people who have prayed for Jean' Paul and thank you so much to God, for helping to save this beautiful baby boy!!
GOD IS SO GOOD!!