2-year-old Poplar Bluff boy gets heart transplant on Christmas Day
POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - It's a Christmas miracle for one Poplar Bluff toddler.
'Superman' Liam Gregory received a new heart on Dec. 25.
The family got word on Christmas Eve that a heart was en route to the hospital for the boy, and on Christmas morning, Liam underwent a heart transplant.
His family said the surgery was successful and his new heart is beating.
However, just a few months before, Laramy and Jessica Gregory thought their then 1-year-old son had only caught a simple cold.
"On Sep. 30th we took him to the doctor with just a cough," Laramy Gregory said.
But chest x-rays ended up revealing it was something much worse.
"They said that his heart was enlarged."
The couple rushed their son to the children's hospital at Cardinal Glennon in St. Louis.
"He was only here about 30 minutes when he coded on us."
Liam suffered a stroke and was unconscious for nearly a half hour as doctors worked to revive him. Neurologists warned the Gregory's their son's brain could be damaged.
But Liam had other plans.
Liam started talking and playing. And there was absolutely no sign of brain damage.
The Gregory's had spent all of the last two months away from home, and apart, as a family.
Liam's older brother stayed with family in Poplar Bluff.
National organizations helped the Gregory's with living expenses while away, but the couple said it's the support from everyone back home that has surprised them the most.
"We've received a bunch of cards and care packages and things like that from people around the Butler County area. Of course my family has been amazing. And our church it's been overwhelming at times to get that kind of support and everything," Gregory said.
Liam's family started a Facebook page to keep people updated on Liam's condition.
His dad encourages people to leave "Get Well" video messages. Liam enjoys watching them on his parents' phones.
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