Sunday, September 13, 2015

Tavaris Jeffries' infant daughter gets heart transplant

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



No comments: