The Oklahoman | by Jenni Carlson and Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey
|Former OU football player Tavaris Jeffries is shown here holding his month-old daughter, Taylor — who successfully received a heart transplant Saturday — and son, Nicholas. [Photo provided]|
Former Oklahoma offensive lineman Tavaris Jeffries will always remember Saturday.
Not because his alma mater won a double-overtime thriller at Tennessee, though.
Saturday night, Jeffries' infant daughter received a long-awaited heart transplant. Only a few weeks after Taylor's birth in May, doctors determined she had left ventricular non-compaction cardiomyopathy. Essentially, the left side of her heart wasn't pumping, forcing the right side to make up the difference and causing a cascade of issues.
A heart transplant was the only long-term solution.
Taylor has been at Children's Medical Center of Dallas for the past three months, waiting on a heart that finally came Saturday night.
"Everything went great," Jeffries told The Oklahoman via text message from the hospital. "She's doing great, and recovery is going great." Continue reading