Burlington teen who received heart transplant gets great news: ‘Zero. Percent. Rejection! Woo hoo!’


Alj Jefferies (WGHP file photo)

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BURLINGTON, N.C. --- A Burlington teenager who received a heart transplant in March got great news today about his latest biopsy.

"Zero. Percent. Rejection! Woo hoo! Hallelujah," said Alj Jefferies' mom Tina Turner. "Not only that, he doesn't have to go back for three months for his biopsy- he gets a break on that. No longer has to wear the mask out. God is faithful, God is good, God is amazing."

She shared the news on a video on Team Alj's Facebook page.

Alj was born with a heart condition called cardiomyopathy and spent his whole life in and out of hospitals. His heart increasingly weakened in recent years and doctors said a transplant was his only hope to survive.

They still don't know anything about the family who donated their loved one's heart, but Turner and Jefferies continue to thank them. "Whoever it is who gave this heart to us, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Because it's a beautiful, healthy heart and we've had no issues so far."

Alj is now hoping to return to school at Broadview Middle in Burlington in the fall.

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