There’s nothing like seeing a kid happy to be alive right after receiving a new heart to remind you that your life doesn’t suck as terribly as you complain it does on social media.
Trevor Sullivan, 15, is lucky to be alive after undergoing heart transplant surgery two months ago. Doctors discovered Trevor’s heart was failing when the teen was rushed to the emergency room for what he and his parents thought was a bad cold last February. Instead, doctors informed the Sullivans that Trevor was actually suffering from severe heart failure and would die if he didn’t get a new heart.
Nine tortuous months later, Trevor was able to find a donor match and successfully underwent heart transplant surgery in November. The moment Trevor woke up from the risky surgery, which could’ve resulted in a heart attack, stroke, or death, was captured by his dad Phillip and was recently shared on the Facebook page Gift of Life Michigan, a nonprofit organ donation program.
The overjoyed teen was all smiles and tears after waking up from his four-hour surgery, telling his parents though happy tears, “I’m so happy. I’ve been waiting so long. I’m so happy. I can breathe again, and talk. I feel amazing. I’ve never felt so good.”
Trevor’s currently resting at his Michigan home and doing really well, according to WDIV Local 4 News. The station says his body is adapting and doctors haven’t seen any signs of rejection.