Mom writes touching note to son's heart donor's family


7-month-old boy from Alaska with a failing heart was days away from death when his family received a call that a desperately needed heart transplant had arrived.

Lincoln Seay was born with a rare and severe heart defect that caused all his organs to develop on the opposite side of his body. His family had been waiting for a pediatric transplant since November -- which doctors feared would come too late.

"He was right on the edge," Dr. D. Michael McMullan, Seattle Children's surgical director of heart transplantation, who leads the center that performed 21 transplants last year, among the most in the nation, told the Seattle Times. "We have a list of patients and he was the one we were most concerned about."

According to a fundraising site set up by the Seay family, doctors told Lincoln's parents, Rob and Mindy, that it could take up to three months for a donor to become available.