Little Carl Washington IV dies in hospital waiting for a new heart

NY Daily News | Michael Feeney
Little Carl Washington IV didn’t get the heart he’d been waiting for. He died Tuesday at an uptown children’s hospital.

The Daily News first reported the 7-year-old’s desperate need for a heart in a March 19 article that captured the hearts of readers.

Carl, who suffered for his entire life from complex congenital heart disease, had been waiting for a heart donation at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian in Washington Heights for more than a month.

But it never came. “I was never prepared for this,” said his heartbroken mother, Keisha, 28. “But at the end, he’s still victorious. He’s in heaven.”

She said one of the biggest challenges since Carl’s death was breaking the news to his two brothers, 6 and 4, and his 2-year-old sister.

“He got his heart in heaven,” his mother told them of their brother, whom they affectionately called “Doodie.”
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