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Friday, March 11, 2016

The Touching Moment an Ailing Teen Learns He's Getting a Life-Saving Heart Transplant

ABC NEWS | Steve Borrello

PHOTO:Albert Jeffries IV was four months old when he was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, a disease that enlarges and weakens the heart.

After 99 days of lying in a hospital bed, fighting every day to survive, a 13-year-old Burlington, North Carolina, boy got a life-saving heart transplant.

A video of Albert Jeffries IV finding out this week that a heart was available for transplant was posted to a Facebook page by his mother, and his stunned reaction to the good news has helped the post go viral.

Albert was born with dilated cardiomyopathy, a heart disease that causes the heart's main pumping chamber, the left ventricle, to be enlarged and weakened, decreasing its ability to pump blood.

“He almost passed out,” his mother, Tina Turner, told ABC News today about the moment Albert first found out late Wednesday of the organ's availability. “He could not believe the news." Continue reading


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