|Submitted photo Jace Riley of Marshall County poses in this undated photo. He received a heart transplant last December, which saved his life.|
This time of year, toy stores are crammed with loving parents, aunts & uncles, and grandparents trying to find the perfect gift for their favorite little ones.
Last Christmas season, Jace Riley’s mom was praying she would have her son long enough make Christmas memories. She dreamed of having the opportunity simply see him walk, watch him open Christmas gifts, sing songs and enjoy holiday treats.
Jace was born in May 2014. Five days later, his mom thought he had a virus and took him to the doctor. Before she knew it, Jace was being rushed to Kosair Children’s Hospital in heart failure. Kosair saved his life with his first open heart surgery as just an infant. That’s where Jace’s mom & dad, Lacey & Cody Riley, would learn the news of their son’s ailment. “He was born with half a heart. But that half a heart, stole all of mine,” says Lacey. Continue reading