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Parents believe Poplar Bluff boy's heart transplant is a Christmas miracle

Liam’s parents believe he will be strong – they’ve even nicknamed him Superman. (Source: Gregory Family) Liam’s parents believe he will be strong – they’ve even nicknamed him Superman. (Source: Gregory Family)
All the Gregory family wanted for Christmas is for Liam, their 2-year-old, to have a new heart. (Source: Gregory Family) All the Gregory family wanted for Christmas is for Liam, their 2-year-old, to have a new heart. (Source: Gregory Family)
"You might get a Christmas present a little early and I just broke down. I couldn't believe it," said Liam's mother. (Source Gregory Family) "You might get a Christmas present a little early and I just broke down. I couldn't believe it," said Liam's mother. (Source Gregory Family)
Liam's parents say all they know about the heart donor is it came from Minneapolis. (Source: Gregory Family) Liam's parents say all they know about the heart donor is it came from Minneapolis. (Source: Gregory Family)
"God’s been watching after that boy," his father said. "He definitely is our miracle kid." (Source: Gregory Family) "God’s been watching after that boy," his father said. "He definitely is our miracle kid." (Source: Gregory Family)
POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) -

On Christmas day a toddler from Poplar Bluff with an enlarged heart received what his parents are calling a Christmas miracle.

All the Gregory family wanted for Christmas is for Liam, their 2-year-old son, to have a new heart.

Liam’s family has been at Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis for months, everyday hoping they would get the call they eagerly waited for.

And on Christmas Eve, that call came in.

"I answered it, and I recognized the voice as the lady from the transplant team," Liam's mother Jessica Gregory said. "Her name is Erin, and I said, Erin? She said yeah, and she said - you might get a Christmas present a little early and I just broke down. I couldn't believe it."

The next day Liam’s heart arrived.

His father watched as the ambulance pulled up to the hospital.

Soon, Liam's new heart would be beating inside of him, giving him a chance at a full life.

But recovery won’t be easy for little Liam, his first night with a new heart had its complications.

"They had to go in and clean around his heart and stuff," his father Laramy Gregory said. "There was too much blood and it wasn’t pumping right."

His dad said they put in a temporary pacemaker to get Liam's heart pumping like it should.

"He got his heart, and that’s what we wanted, but it’s still going to be a really long road to recovery," his mother said.

Despite the complications Liam’s tests have been positive.

His doctor said the heart has taken to him well.

"They don’t see any reason why it could last forever," his father said.

Liam’s parents believe he will be strong – they’ve even nicknamed him Superman.

"When he was little that kid would fall, or something and he would laugh," Laramy said. "He wouldn’t ever get hurt. And so when all this happened we was like, yeah, he is Superman, because he can go through anything."

His parents now think it’s more than Liam just being super – they believe it’s a Christmas miracle.

"It definitely is," Jessica said. "You know, you don’t believe it. You watch those movies and you’re like that is crazy. That never happens, but, it happened to us, and God meant for it to happen on Christmas Day. We can’t hardly believe it."

"God’s been watching after that boy," his father said. "He definitely is our miracle kid."

Liam's parents say all they know about the heart donor is it came from Minneapolis.

His family started a Facebook page to keep people updated on Liam's condition.

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