Missouri boy receives new heart on Christmas Eve

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(WQAD)

MISSOURI — A Missouri boy got just what he wanted this Christmas — a new heart.

In September, 12-year-old Daniel Lyons, who has asthma, couldn’t breathe. It happened again the next day.

This time, it was a trip to the emergency room. When he went in, doctors told him his heart was failing.

According to WQAD, Daniel needed a new heart, but doctors let him go home with a Heartware device.

A few weeks later, the family was preparing to put Daniel’s name on the list for a new heart.

Would there be a new heart by the holidays? That question was answered Monday, Dec. 23, 2013.

They got the call and immediately went into surgery Christmas Eve morning.

But Daniel was concerned about his Christmas gifts.

His nurse was already on it and had gifts ready for Daniel, which included Legos.

Daniel will need to stay in the hospital for 7 to 10 days. He will then spend two weeks at the Ronald McDonald House.

Source: WQAD

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