CLEVELAND, Ohio – Dr. Robert Stewart couldn’t be happier with how his patient, Lily Cox, is doing.
The seven-year-old just had a heart transplant at Cleveland Clinic Children’s on Sunday.
“She’s been sitting up and watching TV and sleeping a bit, but she’s doing fantastic,” said Dr. Stewart.
Lily has a very rare condition called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. That means the left side of her heart is underdeveloped.
Doctors have been doing corrective surgeries since she was a week old to help with that, but this summer, her symptoms started getting worse, and a big decision had to be made.
“We admitted her to the hospital and looked at was there anything else we could do? Is there a medicine or an operation or anything that’s going to make a difference and make her better and the answer is no, and we felt that the only option was to list her for a heart transplant,” he said.
So they put Lily on the transplant list and four days later, they found a heart.
Lily’s Grandmother, Tiffany Cox, said she couldn’t believe it.
“She has a new birthdate, November 22nd,” she said while smiling.
She said she’s beyond grateful to the donor’s family, and knows it must’ve been difficult for them.
“I mean I’m emotional about it. I’m happy, very happy, but it’s also very sad because somebody else had to lose their child,” she said.
She also wants to thank Dr. Stewart and the rest of the team. She said Lily wouldn’t be where she is now without them.