Watch as Burlington mom finds out son is getting heart transplant

BURLINGTON, N.C. -- A Burlington mom received the best news a parent with a sick child could ever wish for Tuesday.

Albert Jefferies, 13, who goes by Alj, has been in the hospital waiting for a heart transplant for more than 90 days.

Tuesday, Alj's mom finally left the hospital to take a break and get her nails done when a nurse called with the good news: Alj is getting a new heart.

“Alj was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy when he was 4 months old,” his mom, Tina Turner, said in a December interview. “His heart was barely squeezing. That was the beginning of our journey. The doctor said he wasn’t going to make it overnight. I was like -- I know that there’s a God. He’s going to make it.”

And he did. The last decade-plus has been a roller coaster of hospital visits and heart testing.

Alj’s young heart is now very weak.

Alj's pediatric cardiologist at North Carolina Children's Hospital said in December that waiting for a transplant would be very unpredictable.

“The waiting can be days, but more often it is weeks to even months,” said Dr. Scott Buck.

Now, that long wait has come to an end and he will finally get the transplant he so desperately needs.

Alj's surgery is set for 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.


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