A 13-year-old boy who had a heart transplant in March died on his first day to school. The incident took place at Goshan in United State’s Ohio on Thursday morning when Peyton West was on his way for his first day of school.
The 13 year old was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), a birth defect that caused severe malfuctions on the left side of his heart. He had to undergo three open-heart surgeries by the time he was 5. The first happened when he was just a day old. He had another one five months later and a third one just before his 5th birthday. In March 2017, he had a heart transplant when his health had deteriorated again.
Peyton seemed to be adjusting well to his new heart, his father Corey West said. Before leaving for school, Peyton also smiled for a photo.
However, on the way to school, Peyton told his father he didn’t feel right. He was rushed to Children’s Hospital, where he died later that morning. His family says they still don’t know what happened..Family and friends held a prayer vigil Thursday night to honour Peyton.
“We just kind of realized that, you know, his body is just tired and worn down,” West said. “He had an awesome five months. Without that organ donation, we wouldn’t have had these five months for Peyton to live like he hadn’t lived before.
Peyton’s tough fight with his life earned him the moniker of Warrior Heart, a name that resonated not only in Goshen, Ohio, where his family lives, but also across United States. A GoFundMe page to help pay for his funeral raised close to $12,000 as of Sunday, far surpassing its target of $7500. The Facebook page has captivated many and racked up nearly 6,000 followers
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