An Alaskan baby boy with a failing heart survived after a last minute transplant happened at the Seattle children’s. Seven month boy Lincoln Seay was born with an acute heart condition. Although there are tubes and deep scars on his chest, doctors are hopeful that Lincoln has survived the battle.
The baby boy was waiting for an opportunity of heart transplant since last November. Dr. D. Micheal McMullan from Seattle children’s surgical informed that Dr. D. Michael McMullan, director of Seattle Children’s surgical heart transplantation stated. “He was right on the edge, we have a list of patients and he was the one we were most concerned about.”
Lincoln’s parents Rob and Mindy was informed that it would take at least 90 days for a donor to donate an organ. Baby’s father Rob recalled “The last two days, you could just tell they were his last days,” Lincoln’s skin was dusky purple and he slept most of the time.
The family had three older children and was sent to Portland, Oregon. The birth defect of the baby’s body caused his other organs to grow in different part of his body. At first doctors suggested to solve the issues with surgery but later they urged for a transplant. The family then returned to Alaska and was waiting for a miracle to happen.
The United Network for Organ sharing reveals that Lincoln was one of the two unfortunate babies under age 1 in Washington State and another 43 across the nation who were waiting for a heart transplants. Last year a record number of 25 babies died for heart issues.
According to the experts and doctors, the supreme task is to collect organ because there is a significant shortage of organ donors .Dr. McMullan stated. “Because of his size, it had to be a young child,” Doctors who conducted the surgery strictly maintained privacy regarding the donor’s name. The press stated that although there are chances that the two families will be meeting each other near future, however information’s regarding the region was kept as a secret. Mindy Seay posted an open letter thanking the mother whose child donated the organ “I will treasure that heart more than I’ve ever treasured any gift,” she wrote in a blog post. “I will care for that gift to the very best of my ability and will be sure we always give reverence and respect to the child and the family from which it came.”