Boy leaves Stanford with new heart

December 19, 2008 7:07:18 PM PST
A young boy from Alaska is finally leaving Ronald McDonald House at Stanford with a new heart.

Shawn Stockwell had been waiting for two and a half years for a transplant. He and his mother moved into the house in April of 2006 when he was seven years old.

It was on July 31 that they found out that a heart was finally available. He has been recovering ever since and is finally ready to go home.

"We were asleep, the call came at midnight and I answered and a very calm doctor said we have a heart for Shawn," said Shawn's mother, Trista Stockwell.

She says her son experienced heart failure shortly after birth and his blood stayed mainly in his core to protect his vital organs, so his hands were cold and blue his entire life. She says now his hands are pink and warm.

Shawn and his mother will arrive in anchorage on Tuesday.


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